Mr. Speaker, that is a very good question and I will respond first by asking what took the Conservatives so long to bring forth this legislation.
As a former independent business person I will tell the member and everyone else that there are policies and programs that we do purchase through insurance. For example, as a former officer and director of the company, I was not allowed by law to pay for any of these benefits, but I purchased additional benefits should unforeseeable and difficult circumstances arise. The renovation contractor also has that option. Independent business people have various options for various writeoffs, whether it be a car, lunches, et cetera, which the average person does not. There is a trade-off right there.
I close by asking, if members on the Conservative side are so compassionate, what took them so long?