New Democratic Party
Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member opposite spoke in laudatory terms about the Government's support for high technology industries. I wish it were so.
In my riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands there are many high-tech industries. They are small firms that are being jeopardized by the Government as a result of its budget cuts to the Unsolicited Proposals Program.
As the Hon. Member pointed out, there is an imagination factor in science and technology support work. The work done by one small firm will contribute to the work of another small firm, as is happening with the small firms in the Saanich Peninsula. The development of science and technology is improved as those companies help each other.
That type of work is seriously jeopardized as a result of the Government's cancellation of the Unsolicited Proposals Program. Many of the things those firms are doing on the Saanich Peninsula have application for the Canada space program. While they are particularly interested in the work associated with the Institute of Ocean Sciences, the Hon. Member will no doubt realize that deep ocean research has applications to space research.
I ask the Hon. Member if he would do as I did, and plead with the Minister responsible that the Unsolicited Proposals Programs be reinstated? It is crucial for research and development work in Canada.
Subtopic: CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY ACT
Sub-subtopic: MEASURE TO ENACT