Hon. David MacDonald (Rosedale):
Mr. Speaker, I have the honour this morning to present the eighth report of the Standing Committee on Environment entitled Our Planet, Our Future, in both official languages.
This volume, which is very large, contains the text of each of the committee's major reports with index of this Parliament and the government's response to all these reports.
In addition the report contains new material and the results of two round tables held with five distinguished Canadians including Mr. Maurice Strong, the secretary general of the earth summit, Mr. Jim MacNeill, who was the secretary general of the Brundtland commission, and the Speaker, who was gracious enough to open these hearings and offer some very important insights to our report.
This report is an attempt to say to the next Parliament what we think are the crucial survival and development issues that affect both the environment and the world's population. It is hoped this report will provide useful suggestions to our successors in Parliament on the crucial issues that need to be tackled.
Finally, as this is our last report to this Parliament, it is only fitting that we should thank the numerous individuals who have made this work possible: our clerks and their staff; the research officers; Secretary of State translation services; and the Centralized Support and Publications Service of the House. Without their collective efforts and professionalism we would not have been so well served.
I also wish to pay special thanks to the indexing branch for preparing on very short notice the index to this publication which provides complete coverage of the last four and a half years.
Finally, I would personally like to thank the members of the committee on both sides and all those witnesses. Without their active participation and support we would not have achieved what I think has been a memorable contribution. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as chair of the environment committee.
Subtopic: EIGHTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE