Madam Speaker, I would like to ask a question regarding the budget.
The hon. member may think that I did not read the budget, but I did. The problem is that her counterparts in New Brunswick may not have done so, or did not understand it or are no good with figures.
Dr. Russell King, the New Brunswick health minister, condemned the budget. The Newfoundland health minister condemned the budget. New Brunswick finance minister Edmond Blanchard condemned the budget. Education minister Bernard Thériault condemned the budget. That is what is happening across the country. Canadians are condemning the budget. They have missed the boat.
Apparently, she wants credit for that; we thought the Minister of Finance was alone, but she is in the same boat.
I would like to ask my hon. colleague a question. They say RRSPs can be used to good advantage, but the poor in Canada cannot afford RRSPs.
I have another question for her. She mentioned that scholarships would be awarded on the basis of merit. I can tell you one thing: children who leave for school without having eaten properly—teachers tell us of children going to school on an empty stomach—will not get scholarships to study on the basis of merit. Those scholarships are not for them.
The Liberal government of Canada has missed the boat. The Liberal government of Canada said that 50% of the surplus would go towards social programs. All the Liberal provincial ministers in the country are condemning the budget. Either you do not know how to read, or they do not know how to read, but I have read the budget, and I have ears to hear what the provincial ministers are saying.