Mr. Gilles Gregoire (Lapointe):
Mr. Speaker, just like the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles), I see that we will meet again on April 23 after a recess. At that time, it will be much more difficult to have any legislation now on the order paper passed.
We expect, as the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre said, that the next prime minister will then want to prorogue the current session and open a new one.
The hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre mentioned a very important bill which appears on the order paper, that is Bill No. C-190, and we would also like to see it passed before recess.
But there is another legislation which, we hope, will be passed during this session, and I would ask the government house leader to place it among the measures to be passed before the adjournment proposed in the motion before us. It is Bill No. C-186 entitled "An Act to amend the Industrial Relations and Disputes Investigation Act".
Everybody knows, Mr. Speaker, that we have been asking for at least two years, amendments to the Industrial Relations and Disputes Investigation Act and the composition of the Canada Labour Relations Board.
A cabinet committee studied the problem. At least three ministers, the hon. Minister of Labour (Mr. Nicholson), the hon. Minister of
Adjournment on Completion of Business Manpower and Immigration (Mr. Marchand) and the hon. Member of the Administration (Mr. Mackasey) have spoken very strongly in favour of Bill No. C-186.
Moreover, on several occasions, we asked the right hon. Prime Minister if he would take the necessary steps for this bill to be passed during the present session, and he always seemed to be very much in favour of the idea that Bill No. C-186 should be passed during this session.
Now, if the government took the trouble to create a special cabinet committee if three ministers and the right hon. Prime Minister are directly interested in having Bill No. C-186 passed as soon as possible, I feel that, under those circumstances, not only should Bill No. C-190, which I strongly support, be included in the legislation to be passed before adjournment, but also Bill No. C-186 which I favour even more.
Mr. Speaker, I think we are ready to consider the motion for second reading of this bill. By the way, yesterday, the chairman of the committee on labour and employment asked for the unanimous consent of the house in order that the committee might sit during the sittings of the house yesterday in order to prepare its report. We gave that unanimous consent. The committee sat yesterday. I think it is now ready to present its report on Bill No. C-186 which I think could be passed very quickly.
If the government is willing to co-operate and accept the suggestion that the two bills, Nos. C-190 and C-186, be passed before the house adjourns, all the members of the opposition will then show much greater co-operation with regard to the speedy passage of the supplementary estimates and interim supplies which the government is asking.
Therefore, I appeal to the spirit of co-operation of the government house leader. If he is willing, to proceed with those two bills which, as stated earlier by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre, have been introduced and endorsed by the government, we are ready to co-operate fully for the passage of the supplementary estimates, interim supply and the two bills I have just mentioned, namely Bills Nos. C-190 and C-186.
A good impulse on the part of the government leader will be followed by the full cooperation of the opposition; in fact, we can probably complete our business even more quickly, with the government's co-operation.
DEBATES March 20, 1968
Topic: BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic: ADJOURNMENT TO APRIL 23 ON COMPLETION OF CERTAIN BUSINESS