Mr. Speaker, while recognizing the efforts made by the government leader and by the Reform whip, I would like to come back to the substance of the point raised by the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in this House, which is an extremely serious one, in fact the most serious matter that has been raised in this Parliament since I, and many others I am sure, have been sitting in this place.
Here is what this is about. You have very clearly stated, to the satisfaction of all members of this House, that you would be ruling on the disturbance at question period the other day, which was brought to your attention.
What is serious about this matter is that members were named in the item and their remarks were quoted. They have threatened the Chair. Never in any Parliament—I do not know if this will get through—does anyone, even the Reformers, have the right to threaten the Speaker. To threaten the President is to threaten the Chair. And the Chair in any Parliament is the institution that ensures that all democratically elected parliamentarians can speak. To threaten the person in charge of protecting the right of parliamentarians to speak is to threaten Parliament itself.
Members of Parliament, including the Reform members for Edmonton East, Yorkton—Melville and Elk Island, clearly said the Speaker better watch himself because they would replace him. Such a threat cannot be tolerated.