Hon. Arthur Laing (Acting Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, as the hon. gentleman knows, there have been a series of studies of the ecological requirements. We have spent a great deal of money and a great deal of time as well as a great amount of human resources on such studies. We have come to the conclusion that at the present time these studies have proceeded to the point where we are prepared to extend an invitation to corporations or government agencies to build a pipeline in that area on the basis that we can thereafter establish the necessary requirements in respect of the ecological necessities based upon the studies we already have.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: PROPOSED MACKENZIE VALLEY PIPELINE-DECISION OF GOVERNMENT TO ACCEPT CONSTRUCTION APPLICATIONS