Madam Speaker, it is a joy to rise and take part in this debate. I have a quote from December 31, 2009, that I would like to read and get the member's feedback on. It is a CBC article, which states:
...it's an affront to the citizens of Canada and their purpose in electing members to Parliament in the last election.
“We have men and women fighting abroad for democracy and we have our own prime minister shutting democracy down,” he said.
“People have to understand when you prorogue Parliament you lose everything that was there. Committees can no longer function now — they're gone. How do we raise questions with the prime minister on the biggest deficit in Canadian history? How do we question and propose things to them in terms of what are they going to cut? What programs are they going to take away?”
This was talking about the prorogation of Parliament in 2009.
What is the difference between the member for Malpeque in 2009 and the member standing here today?