Mr. Speaker, I listened carefully to the speech by the member for Trois-Rivières. I have the impression we are reliving events we have already lived through in this House.
In this case, we realize that when the federal government fails to accept its responsibilities fully, when it does not pursue negotiations fully or when it does not achieve the desired results in its negotiations, it is tempted to play employer government rather than just plain employer. We see this in the current situation.
In the representations made by the support employees, there are things that could be discussed at the bargaining table. There are differences in salaries between provinces. This is not an issue in which the government must remain closed to all negotiations. This is a situation in which there is a way to resolve such things at a bargaining table or to take an original approach to doing so, without necessarily coming down on the union and wielding a mandate like the one the government wants today, at a time that strikes me as—