Mr. Thomas Siddon (Richmond-South Delta):
Madam Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43. Given the fact that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (Mr. LeBlanc) has failed to acknowledge the serious economic problems faced by the west coast fishing industry due to declining stock levels, excess fleet capacity, and haphazard management practices, together with the compounding impact on fishermen of the Liberal government's high interest rate policies, and given the fact that the government on Friday last rejected my motion under the provisions of Standing Order 43 calling for a special House order to authorize the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Forestry to visit the west coast during the month of June to investigate these serious problems firsthand, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Esquimalt-Saanich (Mr. Munro):
That this House instruct the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to make an immediate statement on motions outlining the steps he will take to alleviate the threat of bankruptcy and vessel seizure faced by hundreds of west coast Fishermen to prevent a collapse of the west coast fishing industry.