Mr. David Kilgour (Parliamentary Secretary to President of Privy Council):
Mr. Speaker, 1 rise on a point of order. 1 shall be brief. At the beginning of this debate, we asked if it was acceptable to proceed with Bill C-203, but I think you also said that such was the government's request. It seems this is not completely accurate because the government did not request such a decision from you, sir. I would suggest that Bills C-201 and C-202 are not ready for discussion at this point, and ask whether hon. members would be agreeable to discuss the bill put forward by the hon. member for York Centre (Mr. Kaplan), with unanimous consent, pursuant to Standing Orders 18, 19 and 49, and the finding by Mr. Deputy Speaker of December 5, 1977.
In a word, Your Honour, I think it was a misunderstanding that we proceeded with this bill at the request of the government. As members know, the government can do this but twice in a session; that is my understanding. Therefore I would ask Your Honour to ask hon. members to agree unanimously that we proceed with this bill now, rather than at the request of the government.
Subtopic: FOREIGN ECONOMIC BOYCOTT REQUESTS REPORTING ACT