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Official Languages - Request for Establishment of Joint Committee to study Commisioner's Report-Government's Position - Commons Debates


Mr. Serge Joyal (Maisonneuve-Rosemont): Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the President of the Privy Council. As on March 5 he tabled a motion to create a joint committee of the Senate and the House of Commons to consider the annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages. and as in 1976 and 1977 the Leader of the Official Opposition often called for the appointment os such a committee, can the President of the Privy Council tell the House whether he has had talks with the Leader of the Official Opposition and other representatives of the parties in the House with a view to getting unanimous consent for this motion and getting this joint committee appointed this very week?

Hon. Allan J. MacEachen (Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Privy Council): Mr. Speaker, I have not had discussions with the representatives of the parties with regard to passing the reference. I should explain that the reason for that is we have asked the President of the Treasury Board to prepare some additional material that would be of assistance to the committee when it begins its examination of Mr. Yalden's report. As soon as that material is prepared and ready, we will move the reference and get the committee into operation, because we believe this is an appropriate subject for parliamentary consideration.