Mr. Chair, I'm extremely disappointed. We have been at each others' throats for a month and a half. I thank Ms. Meilleur for withdrawing her candidacy. She was the only one with the dignity to do what had to be done.
That being said, what do the people from official language minority communities think? Perhaps you have talked to them recently. Perhaps you have talked to members from the FCFA, the QCGN, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario or the Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick? What did they have to say?
They asked me whether we could set aside partisanship on the committee, particularly in selecting the next commissioner. However, once again, today, we are seeing partisanship.
If you did not like this motion fully, you would have been able to submit an amendment and do things differently. There is still time to do so. Instead, you have completely refused this request. However, the Standing Committee on Official Languages, our committee, has a mandate to defend the Official Languages Act, to ensure compliance, to stand up for official language minority communities and to ensure their vitality.
What have official language minority communities been asking for in the last few weeks? They have been asking to meet with the Prime Minister. They do not want to meet with members of the cabinet or the Prime Minister's Office, but the Prime Minister himself.
In that respect, you received the required notices. Last week, I was fine. I introduced the motion on Thursday and I proposed that you take the time to study it. We could have asked that it be addressed immediately, and we could have embarked on a partisan game, saying that your intention was to vote against the motion when we wanted to vote in favour of the motion, claiming that the government is not doing its job, and so on. Instead, we suggested that you take the time to consider the motion. That was fine and we agreed to study it on the following Tuesday. I don't feel that you have studied it. That's what bothers me.
Apart from tomorrow's meeting, I do not think there will be any more meetings before the end of the session. I do not know whether we have one planned for next Tuesday.