Over three years ago, The Honourable Stephen Harper, then Leader of the Opposition, made a promise to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
He promised: “We will remove non-renewable natural resource revenues from the equalization formula.”
He also sent the people of Newfoundland and Labrador a pamphlet in the mail.
He said, “There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.” He said, “No small print. No excuses. No caps.”
He said it as boldly as you see it here. That’s what he said. That was his promise.
On the 19th of March 2007, in his second budget, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, broke that promise.
It was a promise that he made in the pamphlet. He stood on two election platforms and said it to our faces. He wrote it in letters over and over again. It was a simple, unequivocal promise.
And he broke it.
There is no greater fraud
than a promise not kept.