Mr. Speaker, it is amazing how we get this warm fuzzy feeling when we hear the Reform members talk about their plan for Canada.
I hear the name Peggy Witte of Royal Oak Mines in Yellowknife and here he is using her as an example of a proud business person in Canada. Must I remind him that she and she alone was the one who caused the great mine strike and eventually the death of those nine miners who were in there.
It was her labour actions and it was her attitude toward the workforce, those workers in Yellowknife, that caused all this. What she wants—and this is for the member of the Reform Party to understand—is for workers to work as low as possible with fewer health standards and lower working standards than anywhere else in Canada.
It is amazing to hear him talk of the Reform Party and taxation. Every time I go by a Bingo hall in my riding I think of Preston Manning and the Stornoway club. If he wants to set an example, he should lead by example. The leader of the Reform Party was the one who indicated that if he moved into Stornoway he would put a Bingo sign on it. He would put a for sale sign on the car and would refuse the $49,000 stipend that he receives.
What does he do? Not more than two days afterward, he said he consulted with the members and Canadians. He never consulted with us. He should be leading by example if they want to stand up here and talk about taxes.
As well he said the government should not assist small business in any way. How does he expect a company in the northern outreaches of Newfoundland or in the outskirts of Nova Scotia to compete with those companies in central Canada when their markets are so far away?
My question to the hon. gentleman from the Reform Party is what is he going to do to help us in Atlantic Canada because of the fact that Atlantic Canadians did not even allow them in the door during this election.