Question Period: C-10 Omnibus "Crime" Legislation

    Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I noted that the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice said that this was a very important bill. I wonder, if it is so important, why we are allowing only three hours of debate at third reading? It would seem to me that it deserves far more.

    One of my questions pertains to her remarks regarding the section that deals with child sexual assault. We agree, on this side of the House, that it is very important to protect our children. If it is so important to the government, I wonder why, when the opposition agreed to separate this part of the bill so it could have speedy passage, the government refused and is now dragging things through the Senate when we could have had this piece of the act in place long ago and protected our children.