Mr. Doug Fee (Red Deer):
Mr. Speaker, perhaps rebuttal is not the word that is necessary because of all the speakers who have spoken on this bill in this House, there has not been a single word expressed in opposition to the bill.
At this time I want to express a fair bit of pride and a lot of pleasure that the bill has made it this far. I also appreciate the comment and the mechanical problems pointed out by the valiant and honourable member for Bonavista-Trinity-Conception.
I look forward to following this bill through committee so that we can perhaps address some of those mechanical concerns. I think it is important that we address them, but it is also important that we look at the intent of the bill.
I want to thank the Legion members in my riding who supported and encouraged it. I want to thank the hundreds of people from coast to coast in this country who have written in support of the reinstatement of the Victoria Cross. I have not had a single letter of criticism from anyone, but I have had numerous people encouraging me and thanking me for the initiative.
I want to thank all of the members in this House who gave unanimous consent to make this votable. The member for Regina-Lumsden has already been pointed out. The hon. gentleman came in here on crutches to make a speech in support of this bill. I think that shows the type of support it has among the membership.
Mr. Speaker, I thank you and I thank the table officers for their help. One should never presume what is going to happen in this House, but having heard no word of opposition I look forward to this bill passing and working in committee to get it back as soon as possible.
Topic: PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
Subtopic: VICTORIA CROSS ACT