You drew the short straw, Mr. James, because by this time of night we've been at it for six hours today, so we're a little punchier than we might normally be.
I wonder why this was tossed into this massive omnibus budget bill, because the previous attempts to do the same thing have been separate. I think the landmark example that I can cite is Ed Broadbent's motion for the elimination of child poverty by the year 2000. That was passed by Parliament unanimously back in 1988 and of course has been the benchmark that subsequent governments have not met.
It would seem to me that the only value of this particular provision of the omnibus bill would be if it was taken out and presented separately and Parliamentarians got to vote on it as opposed to rolling it in in a way that doesn't even do justice to the titles.
You're not responsible for that, but I don't understand why it was tossed in so lightly. It kind of diminishes the whole exercise. I appreciate your presenting on it, and I wish there was something to reinforce it so it was more than a parliamentary motion and that there were provisions that would force the government to take action.