Mr. Speaker, I am curious about the member's comment about this taking time.
The Liberals have been governing this country for a long time, virtually the entire 20th century. The aboriginal system in Canada is a Liberal product. Almost 100 years after slaves in the United States were freed after a terrible civil war, it was a Conservative, John Diefenbaker, who, with the bill of rights, gave first nations people the right to vote. By the early 1960s, the Liberals in their wisdom could not see that aboriginal people should have the right to vote. They have kept this paternalistic system in place that has created the many problems today.
The member said that we need more time. A philosopher once said “Justice delayed is justice denied”.
Within the next 5, 10 or 15 years will we finally have all the claims settled or will it continue to be a never-ending process? Fifty or a hundred years from now will some Liberal member still be saying that it takes time to sort these matters out? Could the member give us any indication when land claims will be resolved so there will be no more justice delayed in this country? Will that happen in my lifetime?