Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague from Dartmouth for those remarks, many of which I can relate to as I also come from a province that relies heavily on the whole concept of the redistribution of wealth through federal transfer payments.
I want to raise something that has come up recently with regard to the ministers of finance and the first ministers of the various provinces who recently agreed on the arrangement to lift the cap for a one year period and to then reinstate it. The sentiment we are hearing now is that some premiers and some provincial finance ministers feel this is not quite what they agreed to, that what we are dealing with in Bill C-18 is in fact less than what they thought they were agreeing to on, I believe, September 11, 2000.
For the province of Manitoba this is certainly the case. Is it true for the province of Nova Scotia? Is there disappointment that what is being proposed is less than what Nova Scotia thought it was agreeing to at that meeting?