Mr. Speaker, there seems to be some confusion. Perhaps I was wrong when I said that Russell MacLellan did not stand up in this House for Nova Scotia because he did. He stood up to vote for cuts to health care and education in Nova Scotia. He stood up to support Bill C-68. That certainly did not help people in rural Nova Scotia. He stood up to support policies which were damaging to Nova Scotia.
The member talked about the 3% surtax. It was a deficit reduction surtax and it seems to have worked, has it not? The fact is that his government has not eliminated the 3% surtax.
If he wanted to improve his knowledge of these affairs he might subscribe to The Economist for $172 Canadian. The Economist says that the fundamental changes made by the Conservative government in the early 1990s, including free trade and the GST, are responsible for the Liberal government's ability to pay off the deficit.
Let us give credit where credit is due.