I can well understand the political requirements.
I can well appreciate the need to suck up long after the date for atonement has passed. I can well appreciate the desire on the part of the Official Opposition to make it appear that somehow or other, by virtue of some massive transformation, they now represent the best interests of the people who work for the Parliament of Canada. However, I find it unbelievable.
I suspect that the overwhelming majority of people who asked the Liberal Government over the years for the right to organize, who for years sought from the Liberal Government a nod or even a wink which would have indicated some desire of some kind to allow them the right to bargain collectively, feel the same way.
It is not often that I find myself at odds with my good friend and colleague, the Hon. Member for Humber-Port au Port- St. Barbe (Mr. Tobin). However, I must confess that this evening he has taken me beyond the pale. He has driven me to my feet, which as you can understand, Mr. Speaker, is no easy task. It is rare that I rise in the House of Commons. However, on this rare occasion I want to say that I find his arguments to be absolute and utter nonsense.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: PARLIAMENTARY EMPLOYMENT AND STAFF RELATIONS ACT