Right Hon. Joe Clark (Leader of the Opposition):
Madam Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 to seek the permission of the House to move a motion on a matter of pressing and urgent necessity.
In view of the clear statement by the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau) last Thursday as reported on pages 3965 and 3969 of Hansard that the Special Joint Committee on the constitution could make its own decision on televising its own proceedings, and in view of the fact that on August 22, 1978, the present Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. MacGuigan) ruled, when chairman of the Special Joint Committee on the Constitution of Canada, that committees did not have the power to authorize the televising of their own proceedings, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Nepean-Carleton (Mr. Baker):
That the Prime Minister direct his House leader to bring a motion before the House authorizing the televising of the proceedings of the proposed Special Joint Committee on the proposed constitutional resolution.
Subtopic: THE CONSTITUTION
Sub-subtopic: PROPOSED RESOLUTION-TELEVISING OF JOINT COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43