In fact, the hon. member for Villeneuve (Mr. Caouette) felt it was too restrictive and not broad enough. Time and again we have heard that this bill is too encompassing, too broad and too vague. The opposition say that if it only asked one question, they would support it immediately. I do not understand that level of thinking. I see a question in this bill: the protection of the Canadian people is at stake. If members opposite do not understand that, it is because they are not familiar with the bill.
This bill is very definitely aimed at the referendum that is supposed to be held in Quebec. The bill has an expiry date. It is under the complete control of this parliament. Where are the broad powers? Where is the question that hon. members opposite look for? Only parliament can initiate a referendum the result of which would be subject to the approval of parliament. If members opposite do not have faith and trust-
Subtopic: CANADA REFERENDUM ACT
Sub-subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR HOLDING OF REFERENDUMS ON CONSTITUTION