Mr. Otto Jelinek (High Park-Humber Valley):
Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the provisions of Standing Order 43, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. Today the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and the Canadian Major Junior Hockey Association in a joint brief to the government requested the government to assist in bringing the two major professional hockey leagues to the bargaining table as a result of inadequate compensation being provided by them for the development of amateur hockey in Canada. Because of the fact that amateur sports as a whole including hockey, figure skating, tennis and so on are suffering mainly as a result of professionals draining established talent from these ranks without compensating for the development of amateur sports at the grass roots level and because this government has already established a precedent of being able to interfere with professional sport for the purpose of preserving fitness and amateur sport as an integral part of Canadian community culture I move, seconded by the hon. member for Joliette (Mr. La Salle):
That the Minister of State (Fitness and Amateur Sport) be instructed to initiate a program forthwith whereby all professional leagues, teams or shows hiring or acquiring talent from the amateur ranks be made to compensate the respective amateur sports organizations accordingly.
Subtopic: COMPENSATION OF AMATEUR SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS BY PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS-MOTION UNDER S O. 43