I think it needs to be said on the record that the committee heard in multiple testimonies from a range of witnesses that the judge is the final person who hears the result of the extent to which sexual assault informs every other element of the judiciary and every other element of the justice system.
We heard again and again that sexual assault training, gender-informed training, and trauma-informed training should be available to the crown prosecutors, police forces, lawyers, and the judiciary, and that in order for victims to have confidence in the justice system, they need to know they're going to be treated with dignity and respect by all participants at every level of the justice system.
I think it's important for committee members to reflect that we've heard that. The NDP proposal to amend was in that spirit. I understand that we are trying, through a private member's bill, to fix a whole lot of problems throughout a whole lot of police forces, so it's not a criticism of the drafters of the original bill, but this is a significant piece of work for which federal leadership is sorely needed. If it can't be accommodated here, then I think we all need to take some leadership in pushing to find the place where it can be accommodated, where we can make this change. Otherwise, training judges will not have the effect that we desire.