Mr. Speaker, I have a comment. I listened very carefully to my Conservative colleague speak about the differences between the Conservative policy and Liberal policy. I would remind him and all Canadians that it was the Conservative government's policy that left a $42 billion deficit which this government had to deal with. I would also remind him of policies of Conservative governments across the country.
I happened to see Mr. Eves on the news this morning whining about this budget. I remind all Canadians, particularly those in Ontario who listened to Mr. Eves, that the provinces make choices. While the federal government listened to the national forum on health and raised the transfer from $11 billion to $12.5 billion for health and education in the Canadian health and social transfer, Ontario chose a personal income tax cut which will reduce provincial revenues by $4.8 billion when fully implemented.
When we compare that to the transfer payment reduction of $850 million for 1998-99, it means in Ontario after Conservative policies Ontario's revenue reduction because of tax cuts is five times more than what it is blaming the federal government for. If Ontario were really interested in maintaining health care and education, it would look at its policies and understand how misguided, unbalanced and detrimental they are. When I listen to this member compare that, I think—