Thank you very much for that. I agree.
I'm going to answer this in a couple of ways. I really respect my colleagues' work. I think they make some excellent points. I do think it's not a question of mode; this is a question of how Parliament functions and what people learn from each other. In my brief, I have a short anecdote, which I'm going to share with you.
My students, two weeks ago, divided into groups. Instead of pre-assigning them, I let them self-select. These are graduate students. When I walked around to all the groups, I noticed that they had self-selected into binary-option sex groups and also by race, so male and female, apparently.
As I walked around, I asked them what happened. They said, “Well, I'm more comfortable here.” Then, one of the students, a student from the Middle Eastern community in Toronto, said to me, “Prof, you have to remember that we're the first generation to be entirely online as undergrads. We're still operating the way we did in high school. We aren't crossing the divisions the way you're forced to do in university when you work together in a more professional way.”
With Parliament, I think that if you continue to go online, that does break down that integrative function that Parliament has. I have a lot of respect for all of you here because you have tough lives. I understand that, but I think that Parliament, in all its richness and its wisdom, has found ways to accommodate people, ways to adjust.
I mentioned the washrooms because in the 1990s, the big studies on women in politics indicated that the women's washrooms were always in the corner of the building. Now they've moved them to be more central. That's because women were there in person.