Mr. Speaker, I too congratulate the Leader of the Official Opposition on his maiden speech. However, I am a little curious and wonder if he might be able to respond to a question.
I will go back to November 29, 1999 when that member was the finance minister in Alberta. In his second quarter fiscal update he went to great pains to celebrate increased revenue in the province of Alberta, which he clearly said resulted from what were stronger energy prices.
I wonder how he reconciled his position to the people of Alberta, when he was known as the shah of Alberta, of celebrating oil prices in those days and then stand here today and take the position that he is taking when Alberta's surplus of $5 billion results directly from $4 billion in energy—