Hon. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grace-Lachine
East): Madam Speaker, I want to move a motion under Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. Considering the report released yesterday by the Director of Investigation and Research that the major oil companies have combined to fix prices and engage in monopolistic practices, considering that the present combines laws requiring a criminal burden of proof are so inadequate that few convictions have been rendered in the area of monopolistic practices, considering that during the past ten years the government has tabled three bills to strengthen the Combines Investigation Act but none have been passed in this House, and considering that yesterday great interest was shown by all parties in amendments to strengthen the Combines Investigation Act, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Davenport (Mr. Caccia):
That this House endorses the government's intention to bring forward as soon as possible amendments to the Combines Investigation Act to deal effectively with monopolies, mergers and price-fixing.