Hon. Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West):
Mr. Speaker, earlier today I had some rather testy remarks to address to the House about the charade it went through with regard to voting clause by clause on the amendments. Never in my life have I seen such a base demonstration of an abuse of the rules by people who should have known better and who had lost total contact with one another.
There was a way to conduct that vote. It seems to me that having had to do much the same thing on legislation that was as complex as this and on which many amendments were put, three negotiators on behalf of the respective parties in the House were soon able to sift the wheat from the chaff and insist that there should be recorded votes on only those points of importance.
Frankly, last night we were being asked to vote on a lot of drivel, although relative drivel as far as the importance of the particular clauses were concerned.
Having said that, I can only say that, on reflection, I was amazed at the moderation of my words. The point is that many Members on both sides of the House have commended me for those remarks.
This is likely my last opportunity to address the House because I am going on a five-day mission to the Atlantic Provinces to receive parliamentarians from one of our European friends. I am to return next Thursday, when there may not be an opportunity to address the House. We will then be adjourning.
It is quite conceivable that we might resume on September 12. I see Hon. Members shaking their heads. I want to point out to them that their idea of getting attractive candidates quickly in western Canada is just a myth in the minds of those in central Canada. No matter what the importance may be of an individual or the fact that he may have been given a high profile in the newspapers, it will not be possible for that person
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to give an immediate yes or no answer to a Liberal candidacy in western Canada. Therefore, I may have an opportunity in September to address the House.
However, I pray for your indulgence, Mr. Speaker, to avail myself as others have who are retiring from the House of Commons, to say thank you to my colleagues and express appreciation for being able to work with many of them. At times I have been known to be a little testy-
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