Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):
Madam Speaker, I understand the interest that the hon. member has in this. As a member of the Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations I am wondering if he is not bringing this up a little prematurely.
He is referring to a report that is only a draft report at this time. It has not even been discussed at committee. It has not yet been presented to this House.
Madam Speaker, for your deliberation I would like to refer you to Beauchesne's sixth edition, page 241, citation 877 on premature disclosure of a report. It says:
(1) No act done at any committee should be divulged before it has been reported to the House. Upon this principle the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, on April 21,1937, resolved "That the evidence taken by any select committee of this House and the documents presented to such committee and which have not been reported to the House, ought not to be published by any member of such committee or by any other person".
This is a topic which is before another committee and I would suggest that in your deliberations, Madam Speaker, you should reserve judgment. This should not be a topic for further debate in this House before such time as the committee has had a chance to complete its deliberations and report to the House.
Topic: ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic: QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER