Mr. G. W. Baldwin (Peace River):
Mr. Speaker, may I discuss this briefly as a point of order in the hope that it might save some time of the House. I am not actually moving the motion at this time. It is a motion in my name as co-chairman of the Standing Joint Committee on Regulations and Other Statutory Instruments to concur in a unanimous report. It was agreed to by members from all sides of the House. I believe it
February 20, 1979
was actually moved by a member of another party from the other place and seconded by the hon. member for Vancouver-Kingsway (Mrs. Holt). It purports to seek authority for the committee to conduct a comprehensive study of the means by which parliament can better oversee the government regulatory process, and one or two related things.
I would like nothing better than to debate that in light of the vast improvements which have been made in jurisdictions in Australia and the United States, but I know the time of the House is limited before this session ends.
I would be prepared to put the motion now if there was an indication that the House would accept it. I understand it either has been moved or will be moved and passed in the other place. If someone in authority on the other side could give me the assurance that if I put the motion it will be passed without debate, I would be prepared to waive the right to debate it. I am asking for concurrence as the delegate of the committee. It is not a motion on behalf of this party. Because of the limited time between now and the expiration of this session and the amount of work this committee will have to do to try to bring in a reasonable report which may be left as a legacy to the next parliament and the next government, we would like to get the matter under way as soon as possible. I would be prepared to waive any right to debate the matter if I can get the undertaking that if I move the motion now it will be accepted.
Subtopic: REGULATIONS AND OTHER STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS
Sub-subtopic: CONCURRENCE IN FIFTH REPORT OF STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE