Nonetheless, if the Liberals and Bloc want to take the vote in my absence, that is their prerogative. As chair, it is my job to protect the committee for its stated purpose under the routine Standing Order 108(2). It's an important purpose.
I can understand the need for firm and fair criminal justice legislation. That is what I have spent my career doing. My life's work has been dedicated to the pursuit of justice. We have Bill C-27, which is an important piece of legislation that will protect Canadians from identity theft. I want to see it passed.
We now have a backlog of very important business to process by this committee. We have not dealt with confirmation of the nomination of the Director of Public Prosecution with Bill C-27, as already mentioned.