Jean-Robert Gauthier (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Liberal Party)
Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier):
Mr. Speaker, I have just been informed that the important documents dealing with the free trade deal have been the object of a lockup since eight o'clock for members of the media. Members of Parliament were invited to a lock-up on those documents as of ten o'clock. I do not want to raise any hairs on the back of anyone's neck, but I do think Members of Parliament should be entitled to the same courtesy as the media and given access to the same documents at the same time. I appreciate that the media have to write and assess the documents in perhaps a different way but we still have to answer to the Canadian public for those documents.
I ask the Government if there is an explanation why the press was invited to attend this lock-up at eight o'clock this morning and Members of Parliament were invited only at ten o'clock.
Sub-subtopic: ACCESS TO TRADE AGREEMENT DOCUMENTS