Mr. Speaker, I agree with the premise of the member's question and exactly the way that she phrased it. The indigenous communities and people I represent in Lakeland say that it is exactly what oil and gas offers them. There is the mining industry, which employs the highest number of indigenous people of any sector in the country. Oil sands, as a single company, is the highest employer of indigenous people there. Often Alberta gets crapped on in this place, if members do not mind my saying so.
This is one of the things that irks many of us as one of the provinces that has actually been a leader on partnerships with indigenous communities and indigenous people as owners, as partners, as proponents and not just as workers; as service and supply companies; as owners of the resource; as providers for their own communities and all the communities around them. They are in Alberta and they have been doing it for decades. They are in my backyard in Lakeland, which is why I am so passionate about this, and they are all over northern Alberta.
I want to say I greatly admire my colleague's questions too about the challenges of food in the north. On the whole host of issues that my colleague has raised, those all have to be discussed, and all governments and all elected people should engage on all of those issues. Certainly, my grandmother and my great-grandmother would have a similar story about how people look at certain things from their world views.
However, the subject of this emergency debate is ending illegal blockades, which all law-abiding Canadians and, frankly, all—