Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Liberal government announced how it was going to go about implementing the social union framework agreement: absolute spending authority in just about every sector, from early childhood to education, health, culture, and a host of other jurisdictions exclusive to Quebec.
From now on, two instruments will underpin this increasingly unitary Canada: the Constitution, 1982, and the social union agreement, neither of which has been approved by the National Assembly and both of which have been denounced by every premier of Quebec.
Yesterday's throne speech mentioned Quebec only once and then only to give it a clear warning. The provinces are being reduced to the level of municipalities and community groups. There is the federal government, which was referred to as national yesterday, and the rest.
What part of this vision is still federal? What has become of flexibility? In the eyes of this government, Quebec no longer exists. Will things be taken to their logical conclusion and the abolition, pure and simple, of the provinces proposed?