Mr. Scott (Hamilton-Wentworth)):
They say: "Tell him that". I did.
The other right hon. member in this House who should be applauded is the right hon. member for Yellowhead, the Minister responsible for Constitutional Affairs. My wife and I are very proud of that right hon. member. I have never seen him in better form, tired as he may be, over the 16 months of trying to cobble together what is the most important Canadian exercise since we were formed 125 years ago.
The question that people are being asked is the following one:
Do you agree that the Constitution of Canada should be renewed
on the basis of the agreement reached on August 28, 1992?
I went into Zehr's Plaza across the street from where I live in Ancaster, in beautiful downtown Hamilton- Wentworth, and I asked the first 10 people: "What does the question mean to you?"
In effect, what they said was: "What the hell are you talking about? What package? What is in it? Will you be specific?" With the co-operation of editors of six weekly newspapers that I put my column in every single week, I decided to ask my own question. The question is in two parts:
September 10, 1992
1. "Do you want to keep Canada together? Yes_________
2. "What is the best way to do that?"
Really what we have to decide is whether we believe in Canada. If not, why not? I am not putting that in writing.
I am just saying that. I feel that you can examine nothing with a closed mind. Let nothing be invoked but the truth and the truth is we have the best country in the world to reside in according to the United Nations and according to all of us who live here. The truth is that the only answer can be yes to keeping this country together.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: THE CONSTITUTION