Mr. Eldon M. Woolliams (Calgary North):
Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. In view of the tragic event that has just taken place in the British Columbia penitentiary in which three prisoners known to be dangerous and serving life imprisonment entered an area of classification together while carrying concealed weapons and held a number of employees of the institution as hostages, one of the hostages losing her life, I move, seconded by the hon. member for St. John's East (Mr. McGrath):
That the government immediately set up a royal commission with terms of reference to investigate the whole tragic affair, the security, control and conditions of the said British Columbia penitentiary, to determine, first, the cause of this uncontrolled violence, and to report on decisions made that brought this sad tragedy to an end, with the authority to look into the security and control of all penitentiaries in Canada and the general conditions existing therein.
Sub-subtopic: PROPOSED INVESTIGATION OF SECURITY, CONTROL AND CONDITIONS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA INSTITUTION-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43