Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, the hon. Minister of Canadian Heritage said earlier that I had spoken to this bill.
In point of fact I have not been allowed to give an actual speech. I have only been allowed to ask a question. In the use of that question, I was able to signal that I had come to the conclusion that I would support the bill.
However, all of these closures mean that members in my position are never able to speak on the substance of the bill for more than 30 seconds.
Hon. James Moore: Mr. Speaker, it turns out the same way for me, I suppose, in this moment.
I understand the member’s frustration. Members of Parliament should be able to speak more frequently on legislation. It is great, for example, that in these coming few weeks Parliament sits until midnight., and I see nothing wrong with that.
I would like to see the House sit more often so more members of Parliament could express their views, raise their grievances, vent their frustrations, speak their hopes and represent their constituents. It would be good thing. I agree with my colleague on the ability of MPs to speak more frequently on legislation.