Well, you and I went to the same boring lectures in the first year of criminal law.
Mr. Alan H. Kessel: Exactly.
Hon. John McKay: I understand that, but because there is no minimal threshold, if you will, everything is illegal until it's not.
I'm just pointing it out. I'm not sure I would react any differently than you.
I am puzzled, frankly, by the government's attitude, its kind of resistance to going ahead with my bill, which creates in effect a database of information on what's actually happening out there in terms of payments to governments.
It seemed to me that, one way or another, Canada will be dragged into the Dodd–Frank regime, and in effect that will be a database for a prosecutor. With a database, you then have some basis for determining what catches a criminal prosecutor's attention and what doesn't catch a criminal prosecutor's attention.
Let's face it, when I pay a licensing fee to obtain a mining concession, I am trying to facilitate my business; there is another line where I am bribing someone to facilitate my business.
I'd be interested in your thoughts as to whether in fact, while you are postponing the implementation of the facilitation payments section, the buildup of their database would in fact be useful to a prosecutor.