Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Saskatoon West):
Madam Speaker, my question is directed to the silent Minister of Communications who, ostensibly, has some responsibility in connection with freedom of information. As the minister will know, this is the most secretive, manipulative government in the history of our country. Its action are the antithesis of openness, particularly with respect to Section 41(2) of the Federal Court Act. The government has been using this device to obstruct justice and not to allow accused persons to have access to information which would afford them proper defences and fair trials. With respect to the package to be brought before the House I want to ask the minister whether he is now prepared to commit his government to including a revocation of Section 41(2). If he is
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not able to make a commitment to get this bill through and if he cannot handle his job, will he do the honourable thing and resign?
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR REVOCATION OF SECTION 41(2) OF FEDERAL COURT ACT