I don't want to delay the proceedings unduly, all the more so since we may be shutting down very soon.
I'd like to know how you assess the monetary value of a gift. Suppose Air Canada officials invite me to attend a hockey game at the Corel Centre and give me two or four tickets to seats in the corporate box. It's important to understand that these tickets are not available for sale to the general public. In years past, before I was elected to the House, I received tickets like this and there was no price listed on the ticket. How do you assess the monetary value of a gift like this?
I have another question and it concerns contracts with the Government of Canada. I've already had lengthy discussions with your predecessor, Mr. Shapiro, about how to interpret the advertising Members do for companies. In my opinion, Members who do so put themselves in a compromising position. I recall that Judge Ruffo, a youth court justice in Quebec, was strongly reprimanded by the Conseil de la Magistrature for appearing in a VIA Rail ad. The judge was seen riding in total comfort in a VIA Rail train. We're talking about a judge. Was Judge Ruffo authorized to enter into a contract with VIA Rail?
It's no secret here that my question concerns the independent Member for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier, Mr. André Arthur. This member has done some commercial advertising for Chrysler. As Members, are we authorized to advertise for one company at the expense of another? Can we use our position to extol the virtues of one product at the expense of another? Is this in keeping with our code of ethics?