Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance mentioned that it is a contribution by every citizen and employers to make sure there is a Canada pension plan available for generations to come.
The leader says that there was neglect in the previous government and I agree with him. That is why we are obliged to fix it at the request of the provincial governments. This program is a joint federal-provincial program.
They are pretty close apparently to the Conservative Government of Ontario. In the paper over the weekend the minister of finance of Ontario was claiming a victory.
It was to be proceeded with to make sure that this element of public finances of the provincial and the federal governments will be in order.
The people have to understand that these contributions are used by the provincial governments to finance their operations. That is why they wanted it fixed. We did that jointly with the provincial governments.
The premier of Alberta was very happy that this problem was resolved. He, like us, like Ontario and like most of the people, wanted the finances of the nation to be in good order. This is not the time to try not to tell the truth to the Canadian people.