Mr. Speaker, we have tried everything to get Senator Andy Thompson to show up for work. We even threw a welcome party to make him feel more at home in Ottawa: a mariachi band, a little la bamba and even some nice hot burritos; but for the 448th time Senator Thompson stood us up.
There is one person who can solve the Senate problem: the prime minister. He can hit the Senate pinata with one blow if he recognizes Senate elections. The prime minister needs to pull off his blindfold so he can see what Canadians want from Andy and his Senate muchachas.
No more lying sedate. We want them to debate.
No more endless vacation. We want representation.
No more tropical showers. We want office hours.
No more beachside recreation. We want them to review legislation.
No more lying on a cot. We want some sober second thought.
No more shopping in Mexico City. We want them on a subcommittee.
No more playing and straying all day. We want them all to earn their pay.