Mrs. Grace Maclnnis (Vancouver-Kings-way):
I rise on a question of privilege which affects my rights as a member of this house.
While in the neighbourhood of Fort Erie on Saturday, June 10, I was taken by members of the Association for the Preservation of the Erie East Lakefront to see the federal lighthouse at Port Abino. We took the only access road, drawing up at the home of the lighthouse keeper. A neighbouring resident backed his car from the garage squarely across the road, barring our way back. An argument ensued, following which he gave us 20 minutes to get off the road before he would call the police. As we were ready to go, we left without further ado, although I may say not without reluctance on our part.
Now, here is my point of privilege. As a federal member of parliament I believe I have every right to visit public works which are paid for by the taxpayers, yet I was ordered off the access road by a local resident. He claimed that the courts had given him and other local residents the right to bar the road to the public. Yet this road is plowed in winter by the township at public expense.
Further, I was informed that in recent times the residents have moved the gate to the private section of the road so as to include about a quarter of a mile more than the court is supposed to have awarded them. This, Mr. Speaker, is a completely unwarranted interference with the rights of a member of this house to visit public works and institutions. I ask you to take steps to correct this situation without delay.
Subtopic: PORT ABINO LIGHTHOUSE-RIGHT TO VISIT PUBLIC WORKS AND INSTITUTIONS