Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of National Defence.
On January 25 the minister told the House that he is seeking further clarification on the discrepancy between the accounting principles of his department and those of the Auditor General. Also on January 25, when the minister was asked about civil servant accountability in his department, the minister stated:
I do not think that is a question that should be addressed to me. That is a question for government, and I do not know who can answer that.
The minister says that he is not responsible for the actions taken by the civil servants in his department. On this basis, could the minister explain to this House his concept of ministerial accountability?