Mr. Speaker, I think that my colleague from the Canadian Alliance misunderstood what I said. At the beginning of my speech, I did say that we agreed with the principle of shared parenting, but we will have to be careful as to how it is applied.
With regard to the 1998 report, the Special Joint Committee on Child Custody and Access obtained some support at the time from women's groups, who agreed with amending the Divorce Act.
However, the problem is that the committee was responding to requests from fathers who wanted to be able to negotiate on an equal footing.
You know full well that mediation or negotiation on an equal footing is out of the question when, for example, a woman is trapped in a violent situation. That is why we discredited the report by the special joint committee.