Mr. Speaker, I thank the parliamentary secretary for his question.
It is quite an in-depth study that needs to be done in all areas of the country. He asked me to say that municipalities would be in direct contradiction to private corporations in that they are tax free. The one program that pops to mind is the infrastructure program which hit municipalities using their own resources against private corporations in order to qualify for the infrastructure money. Towns and villages were doing their own sewer and water to make that program go further and not go to private contractors. There are several instances of that in my riding.
The member talked about corporations being in competition with government. Canada Post is a prime example. People in my riding are forced by law to charge three times the rate that Canada Post charges for the same service. That is a direct contradiction to what the member is trying to get across.
The member brings up the millennium scholarship, an intrusion into provincial jurisdictions. The members for the Bloc made that very clear. I hear that from home as well. We are booking money out for future generations to pay for. It does not kick in soon enough. It does not cover enough people. The representations on the finance committee from students from the Canadian Association of Students said they want that needs base. Let us have the money working for us today, not further down the road. It does not go far enough fast enough.