Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance is offering me a great opportunity here. He knows very well that, as long as Quebec is not a sovereign country, the Quebec Minister of Finance, like those in the other provinces, is required to harmonize his taxation system with what the federal minister decides on. When Quebec is sovereign, things will no longer be the same. For the moment, we are stuck with him. I profoundly regret bringing partisan politics into this, as I did not intend to, but I have to remind him of an unfortunate reality.
From 1984 to 1993, 1,500 Canadians earning in excess of $100,000 paid not a red cent in tax. In 1993, the Conservatives' last year, there were 2,230 Canadians earning in excess of $100,000 who paid not a red cent in taxes, and in 1994, the last year for which there are statistics-and this is my question for the Minister of Finance-what is his reaction to the fact that 4,260 Canadians paid not a red cent in taxes on earnings of over $100,000?
Does the Minister of Finance not consider that this would be worthy of his attention, and ought to have received it a long time ago?