Mr. Speaker, I listened with close attention to the hon. member's speech. There is one thing though that I would like to ask him about.
There is in fact, as far as I can tell, no evidence of how many real victims there are in this hepatitis C case. We have numbers all the way from 6,000 to 60,000. The government will choose to use the higher number to try to build an argument against it because of high cost.
The numbers may in fact be a lot lower. I was wondering whether the hon. member would care to comment on this point. Perhaps, instead of talking about absolute numbers in terms of how much budgetary money should be available, we should simply set a principle that all should be treated equally and then find out how many there actually are.