Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege about which I have given Your Honour notice. My question of privilege relates to the advertisement by the Electoral Boundaries Commission for the province of British Columbia in the January 3 special edition of the Canada Gazette, wherein was published the proposed boundaries for the electoral districts in the province of British Columbia as a result of the 1971 census.
The deadline for making known to the commission the desire of anyone to appear before it to make representations is January 26. The Canada Gazette for January 3, within which these proposals were contained and which I understand Information Canada distributes has not been sent to any Member of Parliament as far as I have been able to determine, nor has it been sent, at least as of yesterday, to the Parliamentary Library. Indeed, it has not been sent to anyone.
My question of privilege is that the failure to distribute the information contained in the January 3 edition of the Canada Gazette interferes with the duties and responsibilities of the members of this House in their attempts to represent their constituents should they wish to make submissions or presentations to the Electoral Boundaries Commission for the province of British Columbia. Accordingly, if Your Honour finds that there is a prima facie case of privilege involved, and so that the matter will not founder because of lack of a motion, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands (Mr. Douglas):
That this House expresses the view that Information Canada should forthwith make available to members the proposals of the Electoral Boundaries Commission for the province of British Columbia, as advertised in the Canada Gazette for January 3, 1973.
Subtopic: MR. HOWARD-FAILURE OF INFORMATION CANADA TO SUPPLY MEMBERS WITH CANADA GAZETTE CONTAINING PROPOSED CHANGES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA RIDING BOUNDARIES