Mr. Speaker, today I gave this speech and I am responding to questions and comments in good faith. The Bloc Québécois and I would like to give his right to speak back to the member for West Nova, just as we would do for any other member who could be prosecuted in a personal matter or in a matter connected to his or her work in the House of Commons.
Perhaps the bill is not perfect, perhaps it could be amended and fine-tuned and perhaps we could debate it further. It is possible that the member for Dufferin—Caledon is right, and we should make these changes.
I would not want members to vote against this bill for partisan reasons, because they want to silence a member in front of a witness called to appear before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. I would not want the member to be sent to sit on a committee that, quite frankly, does not currently exist because the governing party has used stalling tactics to block this committee's work, just as it has done with other committees. I do not want this matter to be postponed indefinitely because of partisan politics.