Mr. Speaker, our point with this motion today is not actually on specific issues but on the concept, approach and inconsistency of the transport policies and unco-ordinated approaches. I am sure the hon. member does not have the 1999-2000 estimates at his fingertips, but I will read a couple of numbers for him and ask him to comment on them.
In the estimates for transport the government has allowed for funds to pay provinces under the elimination of the Atlantic regional freight subsidy program. The province of New Brunswick for instance gets $500,000 under the elimination of the Atlantic regional freight subsidy program whereas the province of Quebec gets $15,747,000. Perhaps the hon. member could comment on why the province of Quebec gets $15.7 million and the province of New Brunswick only gets a half a million dollars under the elimination of the Atlantic regional freight program.