Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):
Mr. Speaker, I rise pursuant to Standing Order 43 to seek the consent of the House to move a motion of urgent and pressing necessity concerning the catastrophic decline of halibut stocks off the Pacific coast and in the Bering Sea and the need for the government to make some public statement of its intentions. I would not intend to debate the motion if it is accepted and take up the time of the House. I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Comox-Alberni (Mr. Barnett):
That at eight o'clock this day the House revert to motions to provide an opportunity for the Secretary of State for External Affairs or another member of the government to make a statement regarding the government's position with respect to the halibut resource of the Pacific coast and the Bering Sea.