Mr. F. Oberle (Prince George-Peace River):
Mr. Speaker, my motion under Standing Order 43 is in regard to an incident which occurred yesterday near Mile 475 on the Alaska Highway in northeastern British Columbia, involving a civilian commercial transport vehicle carrying United States Air Force bombs of the type M20 Rockeye. The vehicle overturned dislodging and spilling a number of these active projectiles over a wide area.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police out of Fort Nelson, who were called to the scene, ordered the closure of the highway, and later in the day a United States military task force, including an explosive ordinance disposal team, arrived via Hercules aircraft at Fort Nelson, British Columbia, to take charge of the material. Having regard to the fact that this shipment was made-and the highly critical clean-up operation commenced-without the involvement or even the knowledge of our own military authorities, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Carleton-Charlotte (Mr. McCain):
That the Minister of National Defence be required to avail himself of the earliest opportunity to inform the House what action he is contemplating to implement or improve any regulations governing such movements of dangerous military hardware through our country by our NORAD partners.
Subtopic: NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY
Sub-subtopic: TRANSPORTATION OF UNITED STATES ARMAMENTS ON ALASKA HIGHWAY-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43