Ms. Lynn McDonald (Broadview-Greenwood):
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to take part in this debate on Motions Nos. 5 and 6. I am very pleased to see the Government did agree to accept Motion No. 4. It is a very important point, one which was too much overlooked. I am pleased to see the Government will benefit from the advice of Opposition critics. I hope it will see the light on these two motions as well.
Motion No. 5 is not an earth shattering kind of motion. It is a very modest one. For that reason I think the Government ought to accept it. It is simply very reasonable. What it would do is alter the timeframe, shorten by one year, the report by the Minister on the institute's activities and organization to three years after coming into force instead of four years. I feel that three years is a reasonable period of time to see how the institute is going, and I feel it would be more useful. We have two opposition Parties supporting this motion and I hope the Government will go along with it.
Motion No. 6 is, I think, a more important motion because it is one that will really have more of an impact. The idea is to get more public discussion and input. This is clearly a matter in which there is a great deal of public interest. Let us benefit from that public interest by ensuring that organizations and individuals concerned with the issue of heritage languages and the work of the institute are able to have input at the appropriate time.
Motion No. 6 would seek to extend the reporting processes of the Minister to include review by committee, hence increasing the likelihood of broader public input into the evaluation of the work and the organization of the institute. We have strong voluntary organizations in this area. We have experts. We have citizens who are concerned. It seems to me it would be very sensible to get their input into the Minister's report, that it just not be a report to the Minister and not just be something kept within the bureaucracy. We should have the kind of public input that is really suitable for this kind of issue because people really do want to be involved.
Topic: PROCEEDINGS ON ADJOURNMENT MOTION
Subtopic: CANADIAN HERITAGE LANGUAGES INSTITUTE ACT