I appreciate the opportunity to weigh in on this. Like many others, I was dismayed when we read the reports on the costs associated with those flights.
I take what my friend, Mr. Housefather, is saying, but I also know that, as members of Parliament, we are put into a place to hold those in higher offices to account and to find out those questions that our electors have. Canadians want to know.
Canadians have been going through some very troubling and difficult times in the last couple of years. To see two bills such as what was reported in the media reflects poorly on all of us—Liberals, Conservatives, Bloc, Green—who are elected officials. It also diminishes the trust that Canadians have in us, as elected officials, that we can manage taxpayers' money.
Once again, I'll remind those around this table that it is not our money; it is taxpayers' money.
My understanding is that the subamendment being proposed is to leave off the Governor General. The Governor General's is among the highest offices in this land, but it is not above scrutiny as well. We should have the Governor General come to answer this. If it is indeed her testimony that she had nothing to do with it, so be it. However, she should appear before this committee to have those words, so that the committee, using its authority as a parliamentary committee, can question and look into these matters, which are the matters that matter most to Canadians.
I believe it is fully appropriate to have the Governor General appear before this committee, as well as the RCAF and DND.
Mr. Chair, I'll leave it at that. I think it's important to do this. I've already stated that I think a number of things diminish the trust of Canadians. What we do as parliamentarians and as leaders of this country.... The 338 members of Parliament are elected to be the voices and to be the eyes and ears of Canadians. I think it's imperative that this committee does the just job that they have been selected to do.