Hon. Marc Lalonde (Outremont):
Mr. Speaker, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, I ask the unanimous consent of the House to move a motion on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity.
In view of the fact that some multinationals have reduced the volume of oil made available to independent distributors and, in some cases, have already warned those independents that they would no longer supply them, thus driving them to bankruptcy, in view of the fact that the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Mr. Hnatyshyn) has failed to obtain from those multinationals a firm commitment that no independent gas station would experience a reduction or cut in supplies which would not also be applicable to gas stations under their control, in view of the fact that the Prime Minister (Mr. Clark) has failed to honour his public commitment of November 6 to the effect that independent distributors would not suffer any supply cut, 1 move, seconded by the hon. member for Notre-Dame-de-Grace (Mr. Allmand):
That the House condemn the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources for his lack of energy in protecting independent distributors against the activities of multinationals, condemn the Prime Minister for having reneged on still another promise, thus adding to the long list of broken promises made by his government, and finally condemn the member for Beauce for having been naive enough to believe in such a promise made by the Prime Minister.
Subtopic: REQUEST THAT GOVERN MENT PROTECT INDEPENDENT OIL
Sub-subtopic: DISTRIBUTORS AGAINST MULTINATIONALS-MOTION UNDER S O. 43