Hon. Lloyd Axworthy (Winnipeg-Fort Garry) moved:
That this House condemns the Government for undermining the will of Parliament and the Legislatures by failing to use industrial, decentralization, agricultural, transportation and equalization policies as well as its Crown Corporations to further economic development in all communities across Canada.
He said: Mr. Speaker, in one of the more unusual and quixotic episodes in the history of this Parliament, we are now in the fourth straight day of opposition resolutions. Perhaps the Government House Leader (Mr. Hnatyshyn) has had a curious bit of absence of mind and has simply not realized that his agenda is now being dominated by the legislative and policy agendas of the opposition Parties. On the other hand, perhaps it is more that the Government has taken a look at its own legislation and has realized just how awful it is and is afraid to bring it forward for any further public examination. Perhaps the Government will now withdraw most of its legislation, as we have been suggesting it do, because it simply does not match up, or perhaps this is simply the calm before the storm. Perhaps government Ministers are now cowering in their bunkers awaiting the Gotterdammerung of the Budget which will take place on May 23 and are simply using this period to lull the Canadian public into forgetting that the Government is no longer a part of the fabric of our society because it is obviously afraid to face Parliament with any form of legislative agenda.
I can only speculate on these things. I would not want to draw any firm conclusions. However, I think all Members of the House would recognize that this is one of the more unusual kinds of House strategies, and it is with some interest that I would request of members of the Conservative caucus, when they meet with their Ministry-
Subtopic: BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
Sub-subtopic: ALLOTTED DAY, S O. 62-REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT