Mr. Tom Cossitt (Leeds):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity resulting from the sincere and welcome statement made by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Mr. Buchanan) to a delegation from my constituency last week representing some hundreds of constituents who oppose the present plan of the government to expand, at a cost of $30 million, the St. Lawrence Islands National Park by acquisition of additional land, and particularly arising from the minister's public statement after the meeting in which he guaranteed those present that his department and the government would not attempt to negotiate the purchase of any additional land in the area before consultation with people in the area took place.
I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Parry Sound-Muskoka (Mr. Darling):
That the Minister of Supply and Services immediately advise the House whether his department has been approaching certain property owners in the area of the St. Lawrence Islands National Park offering on behalf of the government of Canada to purchase their land and, as a specific example, why a William Fraser and a Robert Fraser, claiming to represent the Department of Supply and Services, recently approached the owners of island number 52 offering to purchase it on behalf of the government of Canada, in direct violation of the orders issued by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development whose department is responsible for Parks Canada; and further, that the House requests the Minister of Supply and Services to forthwith order his staff to desist from such practices if such are in progress.
Subtopic: NATIONAL PARKS
Sub-subtopic: REQUEST THAT EXPANSION OF ST. LAWRENCE ISLANDS PARK BE DELAYED PENDING CONSULTATION WITH AREA RESIDENTS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43