Mr. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. My motion concerns the critically high electricity rates now being paid by residents of the province of Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Board of Public Utilities has received an application from the Nova Scotia Power Corporation for a rate increase of 25 per cent which, if approved, would take effect this July and make the cost of electricity in that province the highest in Canada. Therefore, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Central Nova (Mr. MacKay):
That this government take immediate steps to expedite the formation and funding of the Maritime Energy Corporation; and that this government consult with provincial governments in Atlantic Canada on an urgent basis to get construction started on a power grid to utilize the resources of Newfoundland and Labrador for hard-pressed Nova Scotia.
Subtopic: FORMATION AND FUNDING OF MARITIME ENERGY CORPORATION-MOTION UNDER S O. 43