Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 35(2), I will respond to the report presented by my friend, the chair of the finance committee.
I simply want to point out that in our supplementary report, which we attached to the productivity study, we expressed some scepticism about whether the government would be able to pursue the course of action laid down by my colleagues on the finance committee.
I would point out that there were some good recommendations in the report, recommendations to pursue freer trade, lower taxes and de-regulation. Sadly, it looks like we were prescient because now we see the Prime Minister suggesting that there will not be any more free trade type agreements, that free trade will not be extended, that low taxes essentially are un-Canadian. It appears that this report is dead on arrival, which is sad because I think many Canadians rightly expect that we should have lower taxes in Canada, right now.
Finally, before we wrap up, I want to congratulate the chair of the committee and my colleagues for a productive year. I also want to extend my thanks to the pages who will be leaving us soon. We have certainly had a chance to get to know them and we appreciate the gallons and gallons of water that they have brought to us all over the course of year.