Ms. Pauline Jewett (New Westminster-Coquitlam):
Mr. Speaker, I have today given notice to the Speaker of my intention to rise under the provisions of Standing Order 29 to seek leave to adjourn the House for the purpose of discussing a matter of urgent and pressing concern.
As you are aware, Mr. Speaker, the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Beatty) has in the last several days acknowledged that an undetermined number of Canadians were subjected to nerve gas tests at the defence research establishment at Suffield, Alberta, particularly during but not limited to the 1960s.
Since the Hon. Member for Skeena (Mr. Fulton) and I raised this issue several days ago we have received numerous calls from across the country from individuals who were subjected to such tests. In many instances these individuals are now suffering from medical disorders which may be directly related to these nerve gas tests.
The impact of such tests on the long-term health of the subjects has been well documented in other countries. I believe that it is absolutely vital that the federal Government conduct an open and public inquiry into this matter so that those subjects who were in fact exposed may be medically checked for any long-term effects.
An emergency debate in the House of Commons would serve that purpose in that it would further expose this issue in the public domain and thus assist those individuals who were or who may have been tested to come forward for immediate medical testing.
Topic: RAILWAY ACT
Subtopic: QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER