Mr. Speaker, I believe that the findings of the National Energy Board with respect to increases in gas reserves are, on the whole, probably conservative. That seems to be the view of many who have knowledge of the situation. I believe that by introducing two additional deliverability tests, the National Energy Board has protected Canada against any premature or excessive export of gas which has been found surplus to domestic needs.
I have also stated that I believe exportable surplus can be used for the benefit of Canada in making economically viable a gas pipeline and the movement of gas to eastern Canada and markets not now served by Canadian gas, and by so doing reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: POSSIBILITY THAT EXXON SUPPLIED BIASED INFORMATION TO NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD
Thank you for your assistance, Mr. Speaker. I recognize, as we all have in this House, that when we deal with the really gut issues involving Petro-Canada the official opposition squirms and gets very uncomfortable. I suppose the
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reason they heckle is that it takes their minds off their discomfort. We saw another example of that a moment ago when I accused the House leader for the opposition of sharing the view of the Leader of the Official Opposition. I can understand his discomfort because the Leader of the Opposition said yesterday that they were going to be moving out of Petro-Canada as an instrument.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS