Canada, House of Commons Debates, “Natural Resources: Ownership to be Vested in the Provinces…”, 32nd Parl, 1st Sess (12 December 1980)

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Date: 1980-12-12
By: Canada (Parliament)
Citation: Canada, House of Commons Debates, 32nd Parl, 1st Sess, 1980 at 5701.
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Mr. Bill Yurko (Edmonton East): Madam Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity. The proposed constitutional patriation and amendment resolution, supplemented by the National Energy Program, has fostered and is continuing to foster apprehension in Canada, giving rise to questioning of the inherent values of the confederation bargain. Much of this apprehension is caused by the repeated suggestion that loss of provincial ownership of resources is at stake. To reduce such apprehension, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Bow River (Mr. Taylor):

That Parliament, through the appropriate action of this House, reaffirm that natural resources within the boundaries of each and every province shall remain the property of the provinces, and furthermore, that the final address to Her Majesty on constitutional patriation shall contain a section affirming that no existing natural resources ownership rights shall be taken from or abridged in any province without the expressed consent of the affected province.

Madam Speaker: Presentation of such a motion for debate requires the unanimous consent of the House. Is there unanimous consent?

Some hon. Members: Agreed.

Some hon. Members: No.

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