Mr. Speaker, we are all well aware that the use of the conditional makes things other than self-evident.
Standing Order 111 reads as follows:
The committee specified pursuant to Standing Orders 32(6) and 110, ... shall if it deems it appropriate, call—
To a careful reader, this is not self-evident. We are very well aware how it can in fact be deemed that something is inappropriate. We know very well that the Liberal majority controls committees as far as voting goes. We know very well that, even if there are two Liberal members on a committee, they bring on five or six more to vote. They are summoned, told “There's a vote and you need to come on over and vote, so that we can block the opposition motion. We do not want to see dear old party friend or colleague in a tight spot”. That is that.
The second paragraph reads:
The committee, if it should call an appointee or nominee to appear—
We know just how undemocratic the committees are.