Mr. John Evans (Ottawa Centre):
Mr. Speaker, I rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity.
In view of the current plight of small business in the Ottawa-Carleton region, and of the drastic implications for these small businesses as a result of this government's plans to cut 60,000 jobs from the public service, and in view of the fact that the federal government is about to sign the Eastern Ontario Rural and Economic Development Subsidiary Agreement with the government of the province of Ontario and to exclude the Ottawa-Carleton region from assistance under this agreement, contrary to the expressed desires of the province, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Ottawa-Carleton (Mr. Pepin):
That this House instruct the government to amend this agreement prior to signing, so as to allow small businesses in the Ottawa-Carleton region to qualify for assistance.
Subtopic: SMALL BUSINESS
Sub-subtopic: PLANNED REDUCTION OF PUBLIC SERVICE-ADVERSE EFFECT ON SMALL BUSINESS- MOTION UNDER S.O. 43