Mr. Paul Dick (Lanark-Renfrew-Carleton):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to put a question to the Minister for External Relations in his capacity as the Acting Prime Minister. It is appreciated that the President of the Treasury Board told us to ask questions of the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources. The problem is that the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, after setting May 24 as the day on which he would be before committee, is now refusing to appear before any of the estimates committee meetings prior to May 31 when Estimates must be reported to the House. Is there any way in which his senior colleague in the Cabinet can bring the
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Minister to fulfil his duties, for which he is being paid an extra $30,000 annually, and report to the committee?