Prohibiting Cluster Munitions Act (Bill S-10)

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for Québec.

I agree with her. I support the Convention on Cluster Munitions, but this bill is so weak that we risk being among the nations who give up when threatened. It is incredible, because we have this opportunity and we are in a position to become a leader in the international community, but with this bill, we have abandoned that goal.

I would like the hon. member to tell me why she thinks we have not shown leadership and not chosen to support the convention.

Annick Papillon: Mr. Speaker, I will try to be brief.

I agree with my colleague. It is odd because, with respect to this bill, all the opposition parties disagree with the Conservative government and think it is simply going the wrong way.

The Conservative government should listen in committee. It should listen to the experts who are saying that it did not consider certain things, and that we should ratify the convention properly.

When other countries such as Australia and New Zealand tell us things are not right, I think we should listen to that wake-up call.

Still, I know the government has other things to do, such as take care of its scandals.