Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for a speech rivalling that of the parliamentary secretary in both length and relevance.
He basically misses the point when he talks about what a Liberal member would do. It is not what a Liberal member would do. It is what a federal member should do, a member of the federal Parliament.
He has not addressed the core issue, and I repeated it at least six times in the hope that NDP members might understand the point. The point is not so much whether or not one likes this tax. The point is whether we think that we as federal parliamentarians have the right to ride roughshod over the desires of duly elected governments in the provinces.
If a province decides to enact a tax that is in its own jurisdiction, the province has the right to enact that tax. I would hope that one of the NDP members, when one of them no doubt stands up again with questions, will address that central issue.