Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the fact that you have seen me. I know that the minister would like to speak at this moment but I do think that on a matter of such serious import each of the parties should make its stand clear. I want to do that at this time. I have listened to the case made by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre, and I too want to say that I think he made a completely impregnable case. I do not see how in the world any responsible minister of the crown could find a flaw in it. This is the first time in my 23 years experience in legislatures and parliaments that I have ever seen this particular device resorted to. I have every sympathy with a government that finds itself under the necessity of using governor general's warrants or, as we used to call them in the provincial field, special warrants. That is understandable. But, Mr. Chairman, in every single case I have ever seen where such warrants have been used the government concerned brought them back somehow to the legislature or parliament for validation or approval. That is the only way that a government can possibly avoid arrogating to itself the legislative functions of government.
I was in British East Africa three years ago, along with the Minister of Finance. At that time he was representing the opposition in the Canadian parliament. I heard him deliver a speech in the parliament of Kenya in which he castigated the Liberals for attempting to arrogate to themselves the authority and rights of the legislative function of government. He did what a lot' of people thought was a masterful job, but I am surprised to note that today the very government to which he belongs is attempting to do the kind of thing against which he inveighed.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION