"19. (1) A comprehensive review of the provisions of this Act shall be undertaken by December 31, 1998, by such committee of the House of Commons as may be designated or established by the House for that purpose.
(2) The committee referred to in subsection (1) shall, within a year after the review is undertaken or within such further time as the House of Commons may authorize, submit a report on the review to the House including a statement of any changes the committee recommends."
She said: Mr. Speaker, this amendment builds into the legislation a five-year review clause.
I want to congratulate my colleague, the hon. member for Moncton, for his private member's bill in this area and also for bringing forward this amendment. The reason for this, among other things, is the concern about the lack of consultation.
I would like at this point to commend the work done in the legislative committee by the chair, by the parliamentary secretary, by the NDP status of women critic. All members worked together to try to create the best bill we could in this area. I think one thing we may have forgotten at the committee stage was the possibility of a five-year review.
This is not an unprecedented move in this House. There have been review clauses in other bills. I am thinking of the legislation on prostitution on the civil side. The Employment Equity Act was subject to a five-year review.
I have been asked why five years when certain other bills have had three years or thereabouts as a review. The reason for the five years in this particular case was the probable necessity for a case on this matter to filter its way through to the highest court in the land. Five years seemed a reasonable compromise in that case.
I merely suggest that this might be something that could give us an opportunity to redress some of the ill feeling arising from the lack of consultation. I would ask for the support of the House on this amendment.