Mr. Sergio Marchi (York West):
Mr. Speaker, in the absence of the Minister of State for Multiculturalism I will direct my question to the Right Hon. Prime Minister.
Several days ago the staff of the Minister of State for Multiculturalism openly admitted that the Minister was too busy on a Conservative campaign tour across the country to deal with trying to settle the Japanese-Canadian redress issue which has eluded the Government and four different Conservative Ministers of Multiculturalism for four years, despite the personal assurances and promises made by the Prime Minister.
Rather than having the Minister indulge in a self-flattering campaign tour to bolster a very desperate record, why does the Government not first honour the Prime Minister's commitment to the Japanese-Canadian community on this issue, establish serious, ongoing negotiations with the NAJC, and genuinely try to solve a very sensitive and emotional issue which is affecting so many Canadians across the country?
Subtopic: VISIBLE MINORITIES
Sub-subtopic: INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE CANADIANS DURING WORLD WAR II-REQUEST THAT GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATE WITH ASSOCIATION