Mr. Speaker, that excuse would not apply to this next point of order.
On December 9, 1998, I placed Question No. 185 on the order paper asking for a list of contracts between the government and the consulting firm KPMG, Peat Marwick Thorne. Again, in accordance with Standing Order 39, I asked for a written answer within 45 days. I have now been waiting 156 days. I have been waiting three times as long as the standing orders require.
Why do I have to raise multiple points of order to get answers to my written questions? The government is really interfering with my ability to do my job. When can I expect an answer to Question No. 185? A real serious pattern has developed here. The government should answer within 45 days and it is not doing so.