Mr. Peter Julian (Burnabyâ€”New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I think it is pretty clear that Canadians want answers in question period. What do the Conservatives not understand about that?
Far from being a straitjacket, it is the public business that is being conducted here and the Conservatives have a responsibility to answer. All we need is to do is give the Speaker the power to enforce relevance rules. We know we have the support of some Conservative members, and hopefully that is growing.
The question, which I will repeat because we did not get an answer: Will the government allow a free vote on our motion to have relevant answers in question period?
Hon. Peter Van Loan (Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, CPC): Mr. Speaker, if the subject of the question, which was sometimes hard to discern, is free votes, I would suggest that perhaps the NDP members could show some leadership for once and start holding free votes in the amount they see them happen on the government side.
It is clear, when it comes to free votes, no party has as many free votes in the House of Commons as this party does.