They would destroy the one significant policy instrument. I believe that Petro-Canada has a very important role to play from the point of view of importing foreign crude, whether it be Venezuelan, Mexican, or perhaps in the not too distant future, Norwegian. Petro-Canada has also been involved in discussions with Statoil, which is the Norwegian national oil company. This makes sense because Norway is a producing nation with a national oil company and is also a NATO ally of ours. My colleague, the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Danson) has discussed this aspect, this dimension of security with the Norwegians.
I believe that a Canadian national oil company working with the Norwegian oil company can help to develop and preserve Canadian energy security. I believe that there are a number of other opportunities where the Canadian national oil company can become effective as an importer of crude for Canadian refiners in providing Canadian energy security. However, I do not believe that the particular amendment which has been placed on the table by the New Democratic Party will advance this particular important dimension of Petro-Canada, for the reasons which I have already stated.
Subtopic: ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS