Hon. E. F. Whelan (Essex-Windsor):
Mr. Speaker, I rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, to put a motion on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity.
In view of the dislocation to agricultural production that will result from the declarations made by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce and Minister of State for Economic Development (Mr. de Cotret), and the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Wise) on Friday, October 19, establishing import quotas for chicken without proper consultation with the provincial governments, the Canadian Chicken Marketing Agency, or the provincial chicken marketing boards, and based on a nonrepresentative period of importation, I ask leave to move, seconded by the hon. member for Laval (Mr. Roy):
That the House instruct the government to properly consult the provincial governments, the Canadian Chicken Marketing Agency and the provincial chicken marketing boards, and then, at the ministerial level, to renegotiate the chicken import quotas with the United States in order to obtain an import quota of 1 per cent of Canadian production, as recommended by the Canadian Chicken Marketing Agency and based on the GATT principle of a previously representative period from 1969 to 1973, and that if the U.S. does not agree to the revision, the matter be placed before GATT arbitration in Geneva.
Sub-subtopic: CHICKEN IMPORT QUOTAS-MOTION UNDER S O. 43