Mr. Speaker, I would first like to find out something from the Reform Party members. When they held their townhall meetings, did they ask the people if they understood that the charter applies to the Nisga'a people? I understand they did not. They have been telling the people that it does not.
Did they tell them that the rights of Nisga'a women are unprotected? I understand that is what they have been telling them.
Did they tell them that the treaty provides for taxation without representation? I understand they have been when in fact that is not the case.
They keep telling people in British Columbia that the Nisga'a treaty is part of the Indian Act. In fact, it is not. If they are not going to tell British Columbians what is really in the treaty, what is the point of having this debate?