Mr. Edward Broadbent (Oshawa-Whitby):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. Considering the fundamental importance of the right of the people of Canada to be certain that the executive branch of our government does not interfere with the judicial branch; considering also that the Prime Minister has asserted that the government will take no further action on the alleged impropriety in this respect on the part of some of his ministers unless a specific grievance is made by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court; and following the report made last night that the Minister of Public Works specifically attempted to ascertain the conditions of a judicial settlement on behalf of the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (Mr. Ouellet), I move, seconded by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles);
That this House urges the Minister of Public Works to make a statement in the House outlining the exact nature of his conversation with Judge Hugessen, so that members of the House and the public will have the opportunity of judging, independent of the opinion of the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec, whether or not the Minister violated his obligations as a minister.
Subtopic: ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic: STATEMENT OUTLINING HIS CONVERSATION WITH JUDGE HUGESSEN-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43