Mr. Speaker, we are not here to discuss the merits of the bill that the minister has suddenly declared to be extremely urgent.
There is something else I would like the minister to explain. We do not have any major problems with his bill. However, I do not understand this sudden urgency. The minister is telling us that it has not moved forward since 2006.
That is the kind of thing people say when the previous government was another party. Since 2006, however, we have had a Conservative government, the minister’s own government. As the minister said, he has done studies to get this bill going, as he should.
It is now 2013 and all of a sudden, today, at the end of the parliamentary session, a 40th time allocation motion is being brought in. Can the minister comment on that? Why is it suddenly so urgent? What is so urgent, to the point of shutting down all debate and once again preventing people from coming to testify and democracy from taking its course?
All the ministers want their bills to get passed quickly, right now, and they are all using time allocation motions.
I would like an explanation, because up to now I have not heard anything from the minister.