Madam Speaker, the question speaks for itself as to how the Liberal Party understands the important issues in the House.
The transfer payments to the provinces were cut by the huge amount of 23% which is more than $6 billion. It affects health care and education in our provinces. The provincial governments and the municipal governments are under pressure.
I invite the hon. member to come to my constituency and talk to the people who are not offered emergency services. How long is the waiting period? How many hospital beds are closing? I ask the member to wake up and listen to Canadians to understand the situation in the country.
The member talked about balancing the budget and eliminating the deficit. Anyone can balance the budget. They could have balanced the budget 29 years ago if it was to be balanced on the backs of the Canadian taxpayers. We are paying 28% higher taxes than the average of the G-8 countries. We are paying higher taxes than the Americans south of the border. Look at the effect on the Canadian dollar. The Canadian dollar is diving. The hon. member needs to understand all these things before he asks that kind of question.