This afternoon, I asked the Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, Brian Jean about having the Prime Minister meet with the Premiers of Canada:
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to be able to pose a question for the member for Fort McMurray—Athabasca, being that I am from Prince Edward Island. Many of the well-paying jobs for islanders are also in Forth McMurray. Certainly the member ref
The member talked passionately about the strength and the potential in our country and in the various regions. Coming from an area as rich as Fort McMurray, I suppose it is easier to have such optimism. Here in the Liberal Party we believe in a prosperous Canada but a prosperity that is profoundly shared. I regret to say that we are not feeling that sharing in Prince Edward Island. Some of the other well-paying jobs that are actually in Prince Edward Island are in the civil service. When the government cut the civil service it cut it by 5% across the country but 10% in Prince Edward Island.
My question for the member comes back to the motion. The speech was a very good speech about national unity and about not dividing the country. What is wrong with having the first ministers of this country in the same room to compare notes and to try to find solutions? What is wrong with bringing them all together? That is what the motion is about and that is what I would like to hear the member talk about.