B. Keith Penner
Mr. Keith Penner (Cochrane-Superior):
Mr. Speaker, I recently had occasion to glance through a colourful brochure entitled The House of Commons/la Chambre des Communes. Inside the pamphlet it states: "The House of Commons is the focal point of parliamentary democracy". I agree that it certainly is that.
My interest having been aroused, I looked further into this brochure only to be confronted by an empty Speaker's chair. Curious. It is not the chair itself which is vital to this focal point of democracy, but rather its occupant. Fearing the worst,
Mr. Speaker, 1 turned to the end of the brochure and, yes, there it was-an empty Chamber!
Whoever prepared this otherwise attractive pamphlet failed to realize that this lovely, old, noe-Gothic hall is irrelevant without its Members. Without the people's representatives, Sir, it ceases to be the focal point of democracy. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I hope that this publication will be withdrawn very soon and, when it is reissued, let it depict Your Honour presiding over a full and active House. Democracy is not an empty Chamber, it is a rigorous reality.
Subtopic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 22
Sub-subtopic: HOUSE OF COMMONS BROCHURE SHOWING EMPTY CHAMBER