In question period today, Peter Mackay does his best Sen. Joe McCarthy imitation, and in so doing solidifies his status as the classiest guy in the House:
Ms. Catherine Bell (Vancouver Island North, NDP): Mr. Speaker, 442 squadron is flying 50-year-old Buffalo search-and-rescue planes. Only two other countries use these planes. The Kenyans sold theirs and the Brazilians are selling parts to us. However, there are not enough propellors to go around.
This government promised to replace the aging fixed-wing aircraft. Now it will be waiting six more years.
Our SAR techs are doing their best to provide safety for British Columbians. Will the government give them the modern equipment they need to do their job today?
Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, CPC): Mr. Speaker, again, it is not only cynical, it is hypocritical for the member from the NDP to be getting up and somehow now trying to suggest she is worried about the health and welfare and well-being of the Canadian Forces.
On every single occasion, we have brought legislation, we have brought bills, we have brought initiatives before this House for support for the Canadian Forces, the veterans and their families, that member and that party in the communist corner have voted against them.