Mr. Donald W. Munro (Esquimalt-Saanich):
Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. Because of the importance of the matter and the wish to strengthen the hand of the Minister of Fisheries (Mr. LeBlanc) in these difficult days, I hope I will be granted unanimous consent.
In view of the injunction issued in the state of Washington last week, designed to prevent Canadian fishermen on the west coast from drawing all expected advantage from the interim agreement worked out by the two negotiators for the purpose of providing a temporary legal umbrella under which the fishermen of our two nations could fish in the waters of our two nations under certain conditions, and under which, as well, the negotiators could push forward toward a definitive bilateral agreement covering fishing rights and obligations, on the one hand, and an acceptable delineation of the boundary between our two zones of national jurisdiction, on the other, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Surrey-White Rock (Mr. Friesen):
That this House instruct the Minister of Fisheries to notify U.S. authorities immediately that any application of the injunction granted last week by a Washington judge, under which Canadian fishermen would be prevented from fishing in U.S. waters in accordance with the terms of the interim agreement, would create a completely new set of circumstances in the bilateral talks and would, specifically, have two immediate and unfortunate consequences, namely, a total prohibition applied to U.S. fishermen who might otherwise have been able to fish, for the time being, in Canadian waters in accordance with the terms of that interim agreement-
Sub-subtopic: AGREEMENT WITH U.S. ON WEST COAST FISHING-MOTION UNDER S O. 43