Mr. Speaker, every day, the officers of the parliamentary protective service ensure the safety of members and visitors with a smile, while being impartial and very professional.
It can sometimes be difficult to be impartial on Parliament Hill, when our superiors report to the RCMP and the Minister of Public Safety.
The NDP is proud to support the demands of PPS members. These officers deserve the respect of the House and this government in their work and in their negotiations.
I also encourage the government to amend the Parliament of Canada Act in order for the protective service to regain its independence in decision-making. This is a matter of principle and respect for the separation of powers in our democracy.
To the PPS officers, you have all our respect and we thank you for being here for us.