Mr. Andrew Cash (Davenport, NDP): Mr. Speaker, anytime the Conservatives hear something they do not like, they just run and hide.
Yesterday, in the heritage committee, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage blew a gasket and ordered all eight witnesses out of the committee room. It did not matter that they had come from all across the country to give expert opinion. What seemed more important was the parliamentary secretary’s own personal temper tantrum.
Unfortunately, that is how the government treats the important legislative work that should be done in committees. Committee after committee is shut down and held in camera anytime the Conservatives do not want Canadians to know what is going on.
Canadians elected all of us but the government believes it is entitled to shut down those voices. It is an insult to Canadians and democracy.
It took the Liberals 13 years to get this arrogant. My goodness, the Conservatives are a quick study.