Mr. Speaker, the transport minister announced $700 million in VIA Rail funding despite the fact that there is no money in this year's budget in order to finance his fetish for trains.
The minister's refusal to bring a concrete proposal on high speed rail and the money required for it will find him no friends in the transport committee and will probably not find him as a cabinet minister of the next Liberal leader. Like the Prime Minister, he will not be a major player in the next government. If he wants to be remembered favourably, he should put his toy trains away and focus on the real transport issues of this country.
Why is he persistently and constantly putting the rail industry ahead of all--