Mr. Speaker, when the word “accountability” is deleted how can someone be accountable?
The government has broken its promise on everything from income trusts to the Atlantic accord. Now it has broken its promise on their centrepiece promise, accountability. It has been revealed that all references to accountability have been deleted from the public works manuals, that they will continue to prepare and award $13 billion in contracts, but that the minister and his department will be absolved of all responsibility.
How can the Prime Minister justify this breach of trust? I would ask his minister, but he is not even a member of the House.