Mr. Jean-Robert Gauthier (Ottawa-Vanier):
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 important matter of pressing and urgent necessity.
Being aware that respect for minorities is, in any parliamentary system, a guarantee of its quality; considering the alarming rate of assimilation of Francophones outside Quebec in a Canada advocating linguistic equality for its two founding peoples, considering the necessity for Canada to convince all provinces of the necessity of recognizing the linguistic rights of its citizens, and considering the historic judgment delivered today by the Supreme Court of Canada concerning constitutional respect for linguistic rights, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Madawaska-Victoria (Mr. Corbin):
That the Canadian Parliament urge the government to implement a very strong, bold, untiring and fair linguistic policy by convening immediately a federal-provincial conference to convince the still wavering provinces of the necessity of entrenching basic rights in a renewed constitution, including linguistic rights for all Canadians.
Subtopic: THE CANADIAN CONSTITUTION
Sub-subtopic: PROPOSAL THAT FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF CANADIANS BE ENTRENCHED IN CONSTITUTION-MOTION UNDER S O. 43