Mr. Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe):
Mr. Speaker, Bill C-17, the Insolvency Act, was introduced for first reading in the House of Commons on January 31 of this year. However, the Government has not seen fit since that time to bring forth the Bill for second reading and debate. The only conclusion that I can come to, Mr. Speaker, is that the Government is not giving this Bill high enough priority for active consideration.
Many segments of our society, including the farming community, are counting on this Bill to offer some direction and some relief to individuals who may be on the verge of bankruptcy.
Procrastination by the Government on this Bill has been responsible for many producers going out of business and losing everything that took them years to accomplish. To add insult to injury, it has come to my knowledge from constituents in my riding that some government Members and some staff members of Ministers are spreading untruths and utter falsehoods, to the effect that the Opposition is preventing the passage of the Bill. This is utter nonsense, Mr. Speaker, and all they are doing is putting even greater distance between themselves and their credibility with the Canadian people. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I call upon the Government to stop this nonsense and bring forth Bill C-17 so that it can be debated and passed into law as soon as possible.
Subtopic: INSOLVENCY ACT
Sub-subtopic: CALL FOR EARLY PASSAGE