It will be approved by the government, not by parliament. The government has a majority and what it decides to do it is going to do. It does that in this place and in every single committee because of its majority. Do not try to snow us, or, as the hon. lady describes it, confuse the issue, by saying parliament is doing this. We are not doing it; we are opposing it. Hon. members opposite are doing it. It is wrong, dangerous and should be booted out if there is a possibility of such a question being put to the people of Canada in respect of native rights by way of referendum. That is dangerous, and for that reason alone it should be booted out, because there is that possibility. To do the proper thing we should follow the course we followed on two occasions in Canada, in 1898 and in 1942, when specific questions were set forth in specific bills.
Once again, to emphasize by repetition, let me say that, apart from the province of Quebec with its legislation, this is the only jurisdiction in the world that is putting advance closure on the debate on a question, whatever question the government decides to dream up, not only here but in the other place as well. That to my mind, sir, is right next door to a totalitarian state.
Subtopic: CANADA REFERENDUM ACT
Sub-subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR HOLDING OF REFERENDUMS ON CONSTITUTION