Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. Over the weekend, I spoke privately with most of the members of the finance committee about the leak of a report of that committee by a former member of my staff. Let me assure the House that at the earliest opportunity, I proactively took action and dismissed the staff member in question.
I would like to put on the record and say for all members of the House that I am sincerely sorry for the leak of the report. I have always and will continue to have the utmost respect for the confidential nature of the business conducted in our committees and I am upset about what has happened. As I mentioned, I have taken the responsible actions to deal appropriately with the current situation and to prevent any future incidents such as this from taking place.
I apologize for what has happened and hope that all members of the House will accept my apology in the spirit in which it is given.