Madam Speaker, I am happy to have the opportunity to speak to the motions and to speak to the bill.
I return to the remarks of the member for Elk Island. When we were in opposition, which is almost 10 years ago, this bill was on the floor of the House of Commons. At that time Minister Tom Hockin from London, Ontario, was responsible for amending the Small Business Loans Act, amending the legislation, and we decided that the bill was so important for activating entrepreneurial spirit that we supported the government's bill.
I must say that it was not perfect. I have never seen an absolutely perfect piece of legislation in the House in the 10 years I have been elected or in the previous 10 years that I was a minister's assistant or a prime minister's assistant. The reality is that legislation is never perfect but we try. The art of politics is to try to design something that is doable and something we can activate as soon as possible. At the time when we were in opposition we put the legislation through the House in one day. We supported the government and in fact—