Okay, let's stick to it. We want to know about the employees, the ones who don't threaten us with their votes. We want to know because we care about them. Are they getting paid on time? If not, then we're going to take the ball and we're going to carry it. Somebody needs to inform us if the people who are calling us are telling us the truth. I believe they are, but I know damned well that the employees are so afraid of talking since January 2006.
I'm not kidding. It has become very serious. Directors of departments don't have the right to talk to members of Parliament, and their employees are even more afraid to talk to us. That's another problem. That's why we can't get in all the rest, and I'm going to ask that this committee study why the employees are so afraid to talk to their MPs. If the employees of the government are afraid to talk to us, how will they know how the Canadian public is being governed? That's another issue.
Please help me out. Are there people who are not getting paid? Is it caught up? Is the problem over, or are we still behind? Let's stick to that, please.