Ms. Sheila Copps (Hamilton East):
Mr. Speaker, today marks the third anniversary of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger. This tragedy, which occurred on February 15, 1982, shocked our nation and brought great grief to the people of Canada, and more directly to the families of the 84 men lost at sea. The suffering of the relatives and friends of the dead, and the continuing trauma of the survivors, bring to mind the price paid by working people.
It is worth remembering, especially during the afterglow of the recently signed Atlantic Accord, that the lives of our workers must be considered before we rush into any activity. The health and safety of the riggers and seamen are as much the responsibility of our Government as the negotiating of transfer payments and energy revenues.
Let us remember the 84 men who lost their lives on February 15, 1982, when we rise to discuss labour code amendments and changes to our legislation. It is through our actions in the House and actions by the Government that future tragedies such as the Ocean Ranger can be avoided.
Sub-subtopic: ANNIVERSARY OF OCEAN RANGER SINKING