Once again, it is not our intention to try and hold up the committee, but earlier today the minister indicated to us that it was most desirable this board be not shackled by government control or direction. He indicated that he hoped it would have a certain degree of autonomy and be able to act on its own. In so far as this clause is concerned, we are very anxious that the board be given the power to make sure the people of the Atlantic provinces and the people of Canada in general know what they are studying, what they have decided and what they have recommended.
I suggest that this situation is not completely covered by the usual type of annual report we get from these boards and to which reference is made in clause 19 of this bill. We should like to suggest, therefore, that every report and every conclusive recommendation of this board be made public so that the people will know what the board is doing, how quickly they are making progress and the type of thing they are presenting to the government. I therefore move that clause 9 be amended my adding thereto the following new subsection to be called subsection (3):
(3) The minister shall lay before parliament within fifteen days after the receipt thereof every report and recommendation submitted by the board to him or, in parliament is not then sitting, on any of the first fifteen days next thereafter that parliament is sitting.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR DEFINITION OF DUTIES, APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS, ETC.