Mr. Speaker, this government does not realize how serious the unemployment problem is. And at the same time, it is guilty of excessive spending.
The government is wasting money on baubles and trinkets. The Minister of Foreign Affairs spent $6,000 to replace Pellan paintings with portraits of the Queen. Furthermore, he spent $55,000 on flags for the diamond jubilee, completely ignoring the real concerns of Canadians.
How can the government justify such excessive spending on baubles and trinkets?