Mr. F. Oberle (Prince George-Peace River):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity under the terms of Standing Order 43. My motion relates to a directive which came out of the office of the Solicitor General with respect to the security clearance of people in sensitive and public positions.
A paragraph in the directive reads that no person can be cleared for such a position while he or she has close relatives living within the borders of such foreign nations as may cause subjection to intolerable pressures, or if he or she has recently resided in foreign countries where no check of activities is possible. Having regard to this, and since one-third of all Canadian citizens fall into this category, I ask leave to move, seconded by the hon. member for Grey-Simcoe (Mr. Mitges):
That the Solicitor General be required to rescind this directive immediately and avail himself at the earliest opportunity in the House of assuring hon. members that such clearances will not be carried out along ethnic lines.
Subtopic: NATIONAL SECURITY
Sub-subtopic: DIRECTIVE ISSUED RESPECTING SECURITY CLEARANCE OF PUBLIC SERVANTS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43