Statement made on 14 June 2011 by Senator Terry Mercer
Hon. Terry M. Mercer:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
Honourable senators, on that fateful night when the election results were decided, Mr. Harper took the stage and mused that they were going to govern for all Canadians, "even those who did not vote for us." He went on to say, "Our government will defend the interests of all the regions and all Canadians."
These are both very commendable statements. However, at the same time, in discussing the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, our friend Senator Duffy was heard on a talk radio show in Halifax saying, "It's interesting that Halifax thinks it can have all the cream without ever voting Tory."
Some Hon. Senators: Oh, oh!
Senator Mercer: Now we have federal cabinet ministers warning against political interference when it comes to the new shipbuilding procurement program. Can the honourable leader tell us who speaks for this government when it comes to national programs? Is it the Prime Minister, Senator Duffy, or is it cabinet?
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