Mr. Speaker, six days is too long to gamble on an environmental hazard created by the wiles of the ice-packs in the Cabot Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the weather, particularly at this time of year.
Why did the government have to wait? Why could it not deal with the legal problems with more dispatch? Is it because neither the minister's department nor the Department of the Environment have adequate statutory authority to deal with matters of this nature with much greater dispatch? Was it a technical, or a legal problem that caused the undue delay?
Sub-subtopic: TIMING OF DECISION TO SALVAGE OIL TANKER "KURDISTAN"