Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the member would provide some comment on the need for consultation. What the NDP is attempting to do here is, in essence, cripple the Senate of Canada and, many would ultimately argue, Parliament.
We would acknowledge that the Supreme Court of Canada and all of the provinces have some say. There is a need to consult and to work with the different stakeholders to be able to achieve some of the things that Canadians as a whole would like to see happening with the Senate. That would include the way in which the Senate is financed. There are, no doubt, some who would be quite upset, such as some of those stakeholders who have a vested interest and are now having their constitutional requirements being challenged by the thoughts put forward by the NDP.
Is there not any sort of obligation, not only legally, but morally, for a political party to consult with some of those stakeholders before it moves the motion that is being suggested here? Am I wrong, and the NDP did consult? If it did, could it provide us with the names of the provinces that it got the okay from?