Mr. Erik Nielsen (Yukon):
Mr. Speaker, I rise to move a motion under Standing Order 43. It is prompted by a press release of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Mr. Buchanan) in which he instructs Commissioner Smith of the Yukon, in his capacity as Chairman Smith of the Northern Canada Power Commission, to conduct an investigation into certain cost overruns in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The minister then instructs Commissioner Smith to convene the public utilities boards of each territory to require Chairman Smith to report to Commissioner Smith as to the investigation and report to the minister. That is like asking the Mafia to audit its own books.
I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Northwest Territories (Mr. Firth):
That a full and independent public inquiry be established pursuant to the provisions of the Inquiries Act to inquire into the entire operations of the Northern Canada Power Commission with full power to call for persons, papers and things and to report its findings and recommendations to this House within three months of its establishment; such findings and recommendations also to be submitted to the legislative assemblies of the Yukon and Northwest Territories respectively for approval, adoption or otherwise by those elected assemblies on behalf of the people of the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Subtopic: NORTHERN CANADA POWER COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic: REQUEST FOR PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO OPERATIONS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43