Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Minister, I'm going to ask you a question that I actually didn't intend to ask you, but our colleagues have broadened the discussion here.
We've just had a report that this is the seventh consecutive year of an increase in intimate partner violence and an increase in the severity of the violence. In 2019, for instance, we saw 77 homicide victims in intimate partner cases. In 2020, we saw 84, and in 2021, it was 90 of those cases. This committee has twice recommended to the government a package of measures to deal with intimate partner violence, and one of the things suggested was making coercive controlling behaviour a criminal offence.
Do you think that making coercive controlling behaviour in intimate partner relationships a criminal offence would be a useful tool for combatting intimate partner violence?