Lloyd Axworthy (Minister responsible for the Status of Women; Minister of Employment and Immigration)
Madam Speaker, as 1 pointed out to the hon. member beforehand, there was no conflict of interest. The approval of Mr. Leary was based upon the application for him to appear in several other cities, but it was never brought to my attention that he was to appear in Winnipeg. I set out those facts before the Prime Minister; he has the letter.
I think there is absolutely no conflict involved, and I think the hon. member's own peculiar obsession with the hotel is one on which I would be very glad to sit down and clear up with him, as well as his interest in the hotel business. I should also say that I have now divested myself of the interest, which is now in a blind trust, and I hope this will further ease his mind.
Sub-subtopic: TIMOTHY LEARY-ENTRY INTO CANADA-HOTEL ENGAGEMENTS