Mr. Speaker, one of the Conservative members opposite is the Prime Minister's point man on the Conservative election financing scandal and a parliamentary secretary who covers for a number of cabinet ministers.
Why then, on the national day of apology to residential school survivors, did the member engage in inexcusably hurtful and demeaning remarks toward aboriginal Canadians?
The member publicly complained about compensation to residential school survivors saying:
Some of us are starting to ask, are we really getting value for all of this money and is money really going to solve the problem?
He went on to say:
—we need to engender the values of hard work and independence and self reliance.
Aboriginal Canadians have always been independent and self-reliant for thousands of years and they could teach that member the meaning of hard work and what it is like to get his hands dirty in order to feed his family.
The member should recognize this and should apologize.