Mr. Speaker, I certainly appreciate the question and the opportunity to elaborate, although I cannot fully understand the motives behind the Liberal motion today or behind any of their other decisions on public policy matters that are in the interests of corporations and totally against working people, ordinary families and middle class Canadians.
Time and time again the Liberals have come forward with motions in this place, with projects for the finance committee and with recommendations that fly in the face of any kind of progressive policies that will actually ensure benefits for all Canadians.
I can only say as I said in committee when the Liberals so vehemently denied my request for information about bank fees, something that still boggles the mind, that it is hard to believe the Liberals would oppose a motion as simple as mandatory disclosure of ATM fees, or that they would vote against public accountability for proposed bank closures, or that they would vote against the limitation of cheque holds to 24 hours; or that they would vote against disclosure of security breaches leading to identity theft, or that they would vote against adherence to an international standard in handling consumer complaints, or that they would vote against increased penalties of banks for violations.
I could go on with my absolute disbelief at the Liberals' actions today, yesterday and over the past number of weeks and months. All I can say, as I said in committee, is that the Liberals seem to be more interested in supporting those on Bay Street and not at all interested in ordinary people who live on Main Street. Main Street runs through my constituency of Winnipeg North. It is one of the most hard pressed constituencies anywhere in this country, with very serious economic problems. It has seen all banks abandon our community. It has seen small businesses struggle as governments refuse to deal with problems about how to access credit and how to engage in reasonable business at the community level.