Mr. Speaker, I filed a notice yesterday requesting an emergency debate to discuss the Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs' treatment of the Canadian Merchant Navy.
The merchant navy men have been asking for compensation for 55 years and every national veterans organization in Canada supports the merchant navy's request.
I was asked to table my motion by the standing committee, the chairman, and veterans affairs for compensation until we dealt with whether they would come under the War Veterans Allowance Act. I did that. We were led to believe at the standing committee that there would be an open mind at that table by all committee members and that they would hear and listen to everyone who came forward.
I cannot believe that the members on the government side voted this down because there was not a person who came before the committee to speak against it.
There is a need to discuss this before we take our summer break. I ask all of our members to agree to have this emergency debate for these brave men who brought peace to us here and around the world. We would not be here in the House if it were not for them.
I ask that we have an emergency debate before we break this summer with regard to the merchant navy's compensation.