Mr. Bernard Loiselle (Vercheres):
Mr. Speaker, pursuant to Standing Order 43, I ask for the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion dealing with an urgent matter of pressing necessity.
Since the American legislation on the reimbursement of convention expenses, commonly known as section 602, came into effect in January, 1979, Canada has been experiencing annual losses of some $100 million following the cancellation of many conventions of American organizations which were to be held in Canada. Since then, several private organizations, including the Tourism Industry Association of Canada have made numerous representations to the American government to have that legislation amended. However, no concession has been made by the American authorities, and this is why I move, seconded by the hon. member for Shefford (Mr. Lapierre):
That the government, through the Minister of State for International Trade and minister responsible for tourism (Mr. Wilson) and the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Miss MacDonald), undertake to carry on actively negotiations with the American authorities to have them amend this legislation.
Sub-subtopic: SUGGESTION U.S. AMEND LEGISLATION ON CONVENTION EXPENSES-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43