Mr. Eldon M. Woolliams (Calgary North):
Mr. Speaker, I have a motion under Standing Order 43. One of the most serious challenges of the 1980s is that we are not self-sufficient in crude oil which is becoming a fast depleting asset in spite of accelerated exploration and development. Therefore, Canada will and must become more dependent on other sources of energy, namely, natural gas, coal, electricity, nuclear energy, etc. Therefore, I move:
That in view of the fact that the National Energy Board is more of a regulatory body and has not the staff for assessing the inventory of reserves of Canada's energy, a royal commission be set up for the purpose of taking an inventory in Canada of all the potential and proven reserves of all types of energy, and at the same time estimate Canada's energy needs for the foreseeable future, as the costs of such a process would be small in relation to the revenue derived by governments and the savings to the consumer on prohibitively priced energy.
Topic: ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic: PROPOSAL THAT ROYAL COMMISSION TAKE INVENTORY OF RESERVES AND NEEDS-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43