I certainly was in the house on that day. If the date has escaped the minister it was March 4, and I was shocked to read what the minister had placed on the record. I am sure that is not what the minister wants, nor is it what his departmental officials want. Because what he read into the record on that day was this, that the extent of the consultation will be that the terms and provisions of a fait accompli, of an agreement which had been executed between the two governments would be explained-explained, mind you- to the Eskimo people. That is what the minister said, and if that is consultation, I fail to appreciate how the rights of these people are
being protected. I fail to see how that statement of March 4 can be reconciled with what the minister said on December 16.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OP NORTHERN AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL RESOURCES