Mr. Speaker, the member has it all wrong. The reality is that, under our reformed interim federal health program, resettled refugees will receive the same comprehensive health insurance that all Canadian permanent residents receive from their provincial governments. What they will not receive are supplementary benefits that Canadians do not get.
Canadians have told us that they do not think they should be forced to pay through their taxes for supplementary benefits for refugees that Canadians, including low-income Canadians, do not get.
What is it that the member does not understand about basic fairness? Yes, all Canadians should get quality basic health care but we should not be choosing refugees alone to get taxpayer funded supplementary benefits, and we stand by that.