Hon. Larry Bagnell (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, since coming to Parliament I have attended many meetings and dealt with many items within the parliamentary system and I must commend the member. He has done incredible work for the disadvantaged and those who are not protected by their own governments around the world, especially in Africa. He has been to many of the most dangerous spots in the world where people are being murdered, abducted and genocide is occurring. He has worked within the parliamentary system to bring attention to and action on these issues. I think few of us in this House have done as much work as he has in this area, and those people who cannot speak for themselves are very appreciative.
The member outlined the torture, the slaughter, the amputations and the rape of children and women that the quest for diamonds can cause. I thank all parties for their unanimous support of the bill which, administratively, puts Canada in line with all the other countries that are working on this in a system that is preventing this from happening.
Subtopic: Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act