Mr. J. M. Forrestall (Dartmouth-Halifax East):
Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 to move a motion of substantial public urgency and concern. In light of the unacceptable position in which the Ministry of Transport finds itself with respect to the crash of a Pacific Western Airlines' jet at Cranbrook, British Columbia, on February 11, which claimed 43 lives, I would move, seconded by the hon. member for Kootenay West (Mr. Brisco):
That this House direct the Minister of Transport to appoint forthwith a member of a senior court of competent jurisdiction to inquire into the relevant facts surrounding this tragedy, and further direct the minister to introduce legislation establishing an independent commission of inquiry for all transport-related accidents in Canada.
This would avoid in future tragic conflicts of interest such as have occurred in this case.
Subtopic: AIR TRANSPORT
Sub-subtopic: INQUIRY INTO CRASH OF PWA AIRCRAFT AT CRANBROOK, B.C.- MOTION UNDER S.O. 43