Mr. Bill Clarke (Vancouver Quadra):
Madam Speaker, 1 rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, to propose a motion of urgent and pressing necessity. 1 am afraid my preamble may be a bit long, but it is very important.
Whereas the threat of extinction of many species of whales is well known, since there is no commercial whaling currently carried on by Canada, since Canada has voted against the moratorium on distant water whaling at the recent meetings of the IWC, in spite of the fact that 16 countries, including the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand supported a commercial moratorium, whereas Canadian officials have routinely ignored the recommendation of conservationists, and whereas the Department of the Environment has been given no role in formulating this important policy, all of which subjects Canada to growing international criticism, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Richmond-South Delta (Mr. Siddon):
That this House recognize the serious threat posed by commercial whaling to the survival of all species of whales and record its opposition to the actions of Canada in voting against the moratorium at the IWC meetings held yesterday and today in England and that this House direct the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to make a statement on motions to explain the actions of his officials.
Subtopic: INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION
Sub-subtopic: POSITION TAKEN BY CANADA AT CONFERENCE-MOTION UNDER S O. 43