Mr. Speaker, I must say I am a bit disappointed in the member's comments.
He tries to tie in the relationship of the Liberal Party and the banks. I say shame on the member. Quite frankly, the banks, as an industry, have loaned hundreds of thousands of dollars to the New Democratic Party as well.
I challenge the member to stand in his place and indicate that in no situation did the bank ever give any sort of break to the New Democratic Party.
Would the member not, at the very least, recognize that Canada has a healthy banking industry, second to no other banking industry in the world, and that in good part it is because of the actions taken by Jean Chrétien during the 1990s, which ultimately prevented Canada from going as far as other G7 countries around the world, in terms of their economics and the impact on their economies because of bank closures and foreclosures that have taken place?
I think the member's priorities might be somewhat misplaced.