Mr. Speaker, I rise with regard to questions on the order paper. I put a number of questions on the order paper, two of them a year ago. They will be celebrating their first birthday within 30 days of the House. This is two parliaments without answers to those questions.
On a personal basis, I know the parliamentary secretary is trying but the government refuses to answer very important questions put there.
I refer to Erskine May and Marleau and Montpetit in terms of order and substance of those questions. It has been confirmed by the table and the clerk that they meet all the rules and procedures of the House.
The question is, what is the government trying to hide? This is very important because it relates to the sale of military equipment to other nations, 40 helicopters and 10 Challenger jets. It is important that we know the answers to those questions. Again, what is the government trying to hide? Why does it not answer those questions?
It is an abuse of parliament. I should be up on a question of privilege. I have four questions on the order paper. All members, regardless of party affiliation, can only put four questions on the order paper. It is a contempt of parliament in the sense that members who do have their roster filled on the order paper with four questions are then restricted and cannot put any further questions on the order paper. That is not right. Technically, it silences members of parliament.
Would the government tell me why those questions after one year have yet to be answered? Is there any logical reason why members are not entitled to answers to which the Canadian public is demanding answers? It is as simple as that. When will the government cough up the answers to those very important questions?