Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The reason I brought this motion forward today is that I certainly was under the previous understanding that this committee did want to deal with this bill expeditiously in the people's interest. It's obviously a very important issue for the people we all represent, and we had agreed to sit extra time. Certainly, there was the half hour tacked onto each scheduled meeting. I personally would be quite prepared to sit other hours as well, such as are necessary, because we have this looming deadline of the summer recess, and I think this is such an important issue for the people of Canada that we should be prepared to put in a little extra time to deal with this issue.
We've heard from many witnesses, many of them, as Mr. Woodworth pointed out, coming from a very similar constituency. There is still time to have some of those other witnesses back, if Mr. Comartin wishes to recall one or two. We have extra time in the evenings and other times when we could hear this. It is very important for the people of Canada that we move this bill forward, especially given, as everyone knows, that we have a great deal of additional legislation--private members' bills and government bills--coming before this committee. We have reports to consider. I think we're getting bogged down and we need to move forward.
It was my understanding that everyone had previously agreed to sit the extra half hours and to try to deal with those witnesses whom we had already scheduled before the end of June. I don't think that's an unreasonable request.
So I appeal to the members of this committee, in the interests of the constituents who we all serve, to make a statement here that they're prepared to work a little extra time to deal with the important justice issues that are before us. This is legislation that, in my opinion, will protect Canadian citizens and prevent future victims, and it is very important to the Canadian people that we are very diligent in our review of this legislation. For those reasons, I would ask each member of this committee to support this motion, and hopefully we'll be able to move this forward. By the time we return in the fall, we will be able to deal expeditiously as well with the other important legislation, both from the private members' side and the government side, which I know will be coming before this committee very soon.