moved for leave to introduce Bill C-315, an act to provide for the conduct of public hearings and approval by the House of Commons before the ratification of important treaties.
Mr. Speaker, this is an issue we are debating at the moment. The provinces, as we know, are free to not ratify a treaty negotiated on their behalf by the government.
The bill I am tabling is intended to require consultation with the provinces, before a treaty is ratified, as they asked.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)