It was a Tory prime minister. It was Mr. Borden. He said “We are not going to borrow any money because we want to make sure our credit rating is strong. It does not matter that people are unemployed and starving in the streets”. He wanted to protect the credit rating. He refused to borrow money. If we ever get into that situation again we will not be able to borrow money because our credit rating is so weak. Therefore, while history may not repeat itself, it is bound to rhyme, as someone once said. Canadians will be left high an dry with the Asian flu, if it ever reaches North America. Because of the $600 billion debt, because of our vulnerability, because of mismanagement by this government and the previous Tory government we stand to suffer.
I hope that does not happen. I hope this government sees the light of day. We need to have serious, proper management of the affairs of the nation. We must ensure that the government does not fritter money away with its 50:50 split on surpluses, giving some to reduce the debt and spending the rest on goodies. That cannot happen. Let us see some real responsibility for once.