Mr. E. D. Fulton (Kamloops):
Yesterday, I asked the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration a question which is reported on page 2125 of Hansard as follows:
May I ask the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration a question arising out of the answer he gave to a starred question a few minutes ago? Has the minister just recently issued instructions for the removal of this lady from Canada-where I might say she is now legally married and a resident-under section 7 of the Immigration Act. which would have the effect of circumventing the decision of the court?
To which the minister replied:
The answer, sir, is no. If the hon. gentleman has any information about the alleged marriage of the woman in question I would be glad to have it.
To which I suggested he refer to the departmental counsel. Sir, the minister said no, he had not issued instructions. I hold in my hand a copy of a letter which reproduces a letter from the legal adviser to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, dated March 8, which reads in part as follows. After advising the solicitor of the lady in question of certain developments in the case, it contains this paragraph:
The minister has now directed that action be taken for Miss Spalding's removal under the provisions of subsections (4) and (5) of section 7 of the Immigration Act.
So that, sir, the information contained in a letter from the departmental legal counsel to the effect that the minister has issued those instructions is directly at variance with the answer given by the minister yesterday when I asked him whether he had issued those instructions, and he said the answer was no.
My question of privilege is this, sir: In view of the fact that we in this house are required to rely upon statements of ministers made with respect to matters under their jurisdiction, this house is entitled to an explanation as to whether the minister was in possession of the facts or not; and if so, why he gave the answer that he did. If he was not in possession of the facts, how is it that action is being taken by his department 67509-136i
under his name, or under an order of the minister without his knowledge?
Subtopic: MR. FULTON ELIZABETH FAY SPALDING REFERENCE TO ANSWER OF MINISTER OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION