Mr. Speaker, we have heard the hon. member for Ahuntsic’s apology. However, I would like to raise a few points in connection with this situation.
A member of Parliament’s privilege is based on two things: the rights and privileges granted by Parliament. In the course of our duties, we use items provided for the exclusive use of parliamentarians for the purpose of carrying out the mandate we have been given by our fellow citizens.
Various documents and emails were sent to our BlackBerries, prompting me to take a look at what the member for Ahuntsic wanted me to see. I received several mentions of photos and texts, and I consulted them. Also, links to groups considered by Canada’s Parliament to be terrorist organizations had been inserted into the member’s material, either by her or by the employees she is responsible for.
These links can be considered very serious. The Parliament of Canada’s policy is clear: ours is a peaceful nation that does not, in any way, condone terrorist organizations. Anyone could end up on the member’s site. Millions of people around the world can surf their way to it. People from other countries can visit the site, where they can see the member’s name and her riding. They might not understand how our parliamentary system works, so they might think that the text and the links on the site represent Canada’s position, even though parliamentarians in the House of Commons have always refused to support, in any way, shape or form, terrorist organizations…