Mr. Speaker, I am very glad that the member for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier is asking me questions about what is going on today. He is right. By taking away the member for West Nova's right to speak freely, we are depriving ourselves of his expertise.
I will have more to say about the Ethics Commissioner later. I have a hard time understanding how anyone in this House could oppose the Liberal Party's motion.
As the member for Dufferin—Caledon said earlier, perhaps it could be tightened up a bit and polished here and there. But I am not convinced and I am still waiting for him to give me an example.
Regardless, I think that we are depriving ourselves of a member's expertise, just as we are depriving the voters of West Nova of their member, from whose expertise in this matter everyone should be benefiting.
With respect to the Ethics Commissioner herself, I sincerely believe that she did her job as a legal expert, a jurist, a legalist. Some may disagree with her interpretation, and I respect those who do. Perhaps their knowledge of and experience with the law are greater than my own.
Nevertheless, we can ask her to redo her work. We can also have this debate here in the House and come to an agreement together. If there is one lawyer on this planet—in this case, the Ethics Commissioner—who interprets that section differently, that means there will be others. Let us not take that risk. Let us change it now.