These comments are direct quotations from the Hansard documents.

Inconsistency in Dollar Figure

Mr. Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton—Melville, Canadian Alliance): Mr. Speaker, last Tuesday the justice minister tried to keep Parliament in the dark again when he told the House that the firearms program would cost $113 million next year.

On Thursday, the justice minister's report on plans and priorities tabled in the House said the expenditures for the next fiscal year could actually be as high as $128 million.

Why did the minister give the House the lower number? Did he not know what was in his own report?

Hon. Wayne Easter (Solicitor General of Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the hon. member knows full well that the $15 million that is talked about over and above the $113 million that is outlined in the main estimates is a contingent liability flagged in the report on plans and priorities that is due to the alternate service delivery contractor. He has indicated that is the scope of the work necessary to complete the first phase of the contract that could exceed the budget provisions.