Mr. Charles Haliburton (South West Nova):
Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The minister has on a number of occasions indicated his desire that hon. members and others should express their views and participate in the making of decisions relevant to fisheries policy, particularly licensing policy.
In view of the fact that departmental studies are under way or completed, can the minister advise when the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Forestry might be asked to examine the proposals of Messrs. Levelton and Sinclair affecting the licensing on our respective coasts?
Hon. James A. McGrath (Minister of Fisheries and
Oceans): Mr. Speaker, as the hon. member has indicated, I have ordered a complete fisheries policy review and I would like very much to include this House in that policy review. To this end I have been endeavouring to have the two reports referred to by the hon. member-the Levelton report on licensing on the east coast, and the Sinclair report on licensing on the west coast-referred to the standing committee where
they would form a reference so the committee can involve itself directly in this policy review.
Unfortunately, the official opposition has not co-operated with us to that end, in that they have not been able to agree on the order of reference to the committee. I am hoping that they may, perhaps, find it in their hearts during the Christmas season to allow one of our motions under Standing Order 43 to pass so that the committee can get on with its study.
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