Mr. Speaker, I think an error was made by previous speakers, which I am sure was unintentional. The official name of the task force which has been referred to is the Prime Minister's caucus task force on the four western provinces.
My question is very simple. I want to ask my colleague if he personally has ever made any positive comments about the Government of Canada's contributions to western Canadians or to Alberta in particular.
I will give him a couple of examples that I think might be useful.
He may not be aware that there are 14 centres of excellence in Canada and that the University of Alberta is involved in 14 out of 14. I think the University of Calgary is involved in 12 out of 14. That is a pretty good score.
He may not know that since 1993, 1,790 schools and 72 libraries have been connected in Alberta.
He may not know that the Small Business Loans Act backed 20,957 loans, valued at $1.4 billion, to Alberta SMEs.
He may not know that the National Research Council, through its IRAP program—and these are people in the field working with industry to try to bring ideas in order to commercialize manufacturing as quickly as possible—provided support to 838 clients for 1,319 projects worth $26.7 million.
He may not know that the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has invested since 1993 $132.6 million.
He may not know that the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has invested since 1993 over $24 million.
He may not know as well about the $40 million partnership that Canada has with the province of Alberta that is going very, very well.
Are these the kinds of things that the hon. member shares with his constituents, with other Albertans and with other western Canadians? Perhaps he could enlighten us.