I just want to start by apologizing to QCGN, Quebec Community Groups Network, because it should have been on the list, and it's my error that it is not there. I just want first to apologize to all the English communities in the province of Quebec.
That's the first thing I wanted to mention.
The motion requires many explanations. I'll share the reasoning, without repeating what I've already said.
Mr. Chair, you determined the motion was admissible. The reason is that the Standing Committee on Official Languages must decide whether to support Ms. Meilleur's certificate of nomination.
As a result, we must take this decision seriously. We must carry out all the work required to make this decision.
A controversy has arisen. As I said, Mr. Chair, contradictory information has been feeding the controversy almost every day for the past four weeks. People seriously doubt that Ms. Meilleur could do her job properly, despite her strong resumé, because she's too close to the Prime Minister's entourage. What will she do if a complaint is made against the Prime Minister? She would need to recuse herself. She wouldn't even be able to investigate a complaint against him because she's too close to him. She may be too biased. She wouldn't be able to do her job properly in all these areas.
I could still speak at length about this, but I already explained my reasoning on Tuesday. That's why I think it's important to hear from a number of people. We can determine together who those people will be. I gave a few names, but I would accept amendments to the list. It's an initial list. We can talk about it in greater detail later.
It would be good to verify, for example, how we chose Ms. Meilleur. Did we consider that she could have had preferential treatment? Given that she must recuse herself for many complaints or studies, what capabilities would she have? How could she do her job properly in this type of situation?
Also, some very worrying remarks have been made. These include Michel Doucet's remarks, which I had already started talking about on Tuesday.
I want to address another aspect. The Deputy Minister of Justice, during the interview, asked her—it's very worrying—what she would do if a complaint were made against the Department of Justice. What answer would a candidate give during an interview before a committee that asks this question? It's very worrying.
We must focus on these types of things if we want to better understand our role and decide whether to support Madeleine Meilleur's appointment.