Mr. Claude-Andre Lachance (Rosemont):
Mr. Speaker, last Friday the Prime Minister (Mr. Clark) confirmed the decision of the Minister of State for Federal-Provincial Relations (Mr. Jarvis) not to make public the studies on Qucbec-Ottawa relations between 1967 and 1977. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, I ask for the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion dealing with an urgent and important matter.
Considering that the Progressive Conservative Party had led the Canadian people to believe that it would give them an open government; considering that the secrecy surrounding those studies and their concealment could give rise in Quebec to a negative response; and, finally, considering that some distinguished Quebec editors have stated, in connection with the referendum debate, that it would be unhealthy and suspicious if important or embarrassing files were not available for public discussion, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Shefford (Mr. Lapierre):
That the government reconsider its initial decision and immediately make public the studies dealing with Quebec-Ottawa relations from 1967 to 1977.
Subtopic: FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL RELATIONS REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION OF STUDIES ON QUEBEC-OTTAWA RELATIONS FROM 1967 TO 1977-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43