Mr. Cote (Langelier):
Mr. Speaker, I would merely remind the Hon. Member that the previous policy prohibited imperial measures. Thus those who experienced problems in using only the metric system were liable to prosecution because of a system which they could hardly understand. According to our consultations, over three-quarters of Canadians think that they should not be punished or liable to prosecution for using a system which they find difficult.
I think that the policy now implemented is much more flexible and responsive to the needs of Canadians. The government has undertaken to proceed with metrication while showing a greater understanding for those who still want to use the imperial system as long as they can also use the metric system to allow a better comparison.
Topic: ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic: METRIC CONVERSION