Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for drawing attention to a serious lack of sensitivity and recognition of the extremely difficult situation many Canadians face. It is incumbent on all of us as members to touch base with the people that we represent. When we talk about Canadians, there is no doubt that many of them live in the ridings represented by Conservative members. They are looking for this kind of protection.
There is this idea that it is attributed to individuals as to why they are in a difficult situation. We know it is about supporting people who are paying on time. It is also recognizing that there are some sheer examples of abuse in this situation. There is also the need to recognize the difficult situation that people are facing in terms of loss of employment, or the situation that young people are facing as they are going into a job market that is beyond grim. We need the government to take action in this area.
The United States, where the economic situation is far worse than the one we face here, and for both of our countries it is getting worse, is taking the initiative to look out for the well-being of their citizens. Why are we not seeing the same thing here? The New Democrats are calling for that, and we hope we will get the support of all members of the House.