moved for leave to introduce Bill C-486, An Act respecting the negotiation and conclusion of treaties.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a private member's bill to implement the Gérin Lajoie doctrine. Our bill will give Quebec and the provinces the authority to enter into international agreements in their exclusive jurisdictions.
When a treaty pertains to an area of provincial jurisdiction or affects provincial responsibilities, Ottawa can only act if Quebec or the provinces have empowered it to do so.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)