Observations and comments, but within those frameworks. Those frameworks are therefore not as rigid as they seem to be here, on the sheet of paper before us.
I have a question that may be out of order. If it is, Mr. Chairman, you will of course tell me.
We are talking about the ethics committee, and an ethics commissioner, so I will go straight to the heart of one specific issue: the sponsorship scandal.
I will give you very clear and specific example. We know that funds were misappropriated, and processes not properly applied. One political party in particular was involved, but we will not name that party. At issue is a great deal of money which must be returned to taxpayers in Quebec and Canada.
Could the Ethics Commissioner take action and say that a certain amount of money—say, x million dollars—is due? Can the Ethics Commissioner state that measures must be taken to have the money returned to Canadian taxpayers?
In the case of actions that are unethical, would that be part of your mandate?