Mr. Scott Fennell (Ontario):
Mr. Speaker, in the Montreal Gazette today another example of injustice to the people of Quebec has been brought to my attention. Farmers in the area surrounding Mirabel, whose land was taken away from them at ridiculous prices, are fighting to regain their rights under our Constitution and under their privilege as Canadian citizens. The Government has to be condemned for the attitude it took toward those people at Mirabel. Those people had excess land expropriated, taken away from them. The Government did not do the same thing in Pickering, because it knows the people in Pickering would battle for their rights.
I request the Government to reconsider its hard stand against these fine people from the area around Mirabel who had their homes taken away from them, homes which go back many generations. This land should be returned to the original owners or their heirs in order to retain the identity of that community. The area of Mirabel is a disaster, Mr. Speaker. It has not provided any benefit to the people there. It has only been hurtful to those citizens.
I request that this House bring forward an act to permit the original owners to repurchase the 50,000 acres-
Sub-subtopic: PLEA FOR RESALE OF EXPROPRIATED MIRABEL LANDS