Thank you for that question, Mr. Calandra.
Quite frankly, this bill will benefit all members of Parliament. It's really to enhance transparency and accountability. Once again, these offices, these nine agents of Parliament, hold a very unique position within our parliamentary democracy. These people sit in judgment on members of Parliament. Currently, the people who are employed in these agencies must sign an oath. Nothing on that front changes. The only change that we're asking for here in my private member's bill is that any partisan activity dating back 10 years be made public.
For the life of me, I can't understand why anybody would be against transparency. I think that transparency is a good thing. Certainly, my constituents tell me when I go door to door in my own riding of York Centre that the more transparency and accountability, the better. This is consistent with what our government has been doing since we came into power in 2006 initially with the Federal Accountability Act. On that score, we've introduced a number of other pieces of legislation to improve transparency. This is just another leg on the stool.
I think transparency is a good thing. I think this bill is a good thing. The more information that's available to the public, to the people of Canada, the better.