Mr. Speaker, first the hon. member suggested not to let pride get in the way. Pride cannot help but get in the way for me because I am very proud to be Canadian and very proud to be a member of the government that has brought unemployment rates down consistently for the last six years. I am proud of the fact that we have been able to manage the finances of this nation and actually deal with a surplus.
The hon. member seems to want to go to a flat tax system and gut health care and social programs. The member talked about redirecting funding from HRDC and focusing it on tax reduction.
Would he be prepared to come to my riding and talk to the Georgian Bay Literacy Foundation that got $29,000? It helps people who are illiterate to get jobs. Would he be prepared to go and meet Tracks Youth Unemployment? The people who are underemployed and unemployed in my riding who need the necessary skills so they can go into the job market and secure full permanent employment, would he tell them that the Reform Party does not care about them because it wants to gut the social programs in this country?