Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge his election to the House of Commons. I appreciated his comments and the remarks he made.
On the LCN network this morning, I had to admit that I did not agree with my party's position. It was a decision made by the party, not the caucus. I have expressed my dissent publicly. I am quite happy to repeat that, but not without reminding everyone that the two frontrunners in the Conservative Party leadership race, the member for Durham and the hon. Peter MacKay, have also indicated that they did not agree with that position and they would pay back those amounts if they won the leadership. This matter is therefore settled, more or less, since it will be resolved at a later date.
I would like to clarify one other thing. This morning, I did indeed talk about scandals that have happened in the past. I mentioned the former general director of the Bloc Québécois, and I want to point out that the the Board of Internal Economy found that public funds had been used inappropriately but not illegally.