Mr. Elmer M. MacKay (Central Nova):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity under the provisions of Standing Order 43. In view of the fact that millions of dollars of public funds have been allocated and invested through the Department of Regional Economic Expansion to industries in the Slave Lake area of Alberta, and in view of the present situation whereby several of the industries in receipt of substantial DREE funding have been forced to close, resulting in loss of jobs and financial difficulties for other business enterprises in Slave Lake and for the town itself, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Edmonton Centre (Mr. Paproski):
That the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion cause extensive inquiries to be made into this situation to determine the exact cause of what appears to be a matter of considerable magnitude affecting the immediate economy of the area in question and to determine whether the officials of his department were properly vigilant in their investigation and supervision of these companies to which substantial federal aid was offered, and also that the minister table, for the benefit of members, the material and data relevant to the situation.
Subtopic: REGIONAL ECONOMIC EXPANSION
Sub-subtopic: SLAVE LAKE, ALBERTA-REQUEST FOR INQUIRY INTO CLOSING OF INDUSTRIES-MOTION UNDER S O. 43