Madam Speaker, I would like to start by notifying you that I will be sharing my time with the member for Louis-Saint-Laurent.
I propose members imagine a runner. She is prepared for the race and takes her place but, before the bell goes, before the whistle is blown, she takes a moment to lean down and tie her shoelaces together. Securely fastening one shoe to the other, she then turns herself so that she is backwards, facing the starting line with her back rather than her front.
Meanwhile, her opponents are lined up solidly across the start line. Their shoes are properly tied. They are facing the direction of the race in front of them. The whistle is then blown and the runners take off. The runner with her shoes tied together and facing the wrong direction is at a secure disadvantage. This is Canada.
Rather, this is Canada under the current government, with the current Prime Minister making decisions with regard to our natural resource sector, and in particular the development of energy.
This is the Canada that no one deserves to have. This is a Canada that is handcuffed. This is a Canada that is tied by a noose, and it gets even worse: not only tied up with a noose, but then treated as a pinata on the world stage. This is Canada, not the Canada that this generation or future generations deserves, but the Canada that a Prime Minister who is incredibly ignorant, selfish and dedicated to his own image is creating.