Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning to each and every one of you, and a special good morning to Patrick, because I've known Patrick for quite some time.
I certainly don't agree with much of what you've written in your submission, or at least the politicized comments. Probably we can take that up at another point.
By its own admission, Mr. Albrecht, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples says that the implementation may at times, perhaps, be overwhelming. It is fair of us as a committee, when we have a significant piece of legislation, to ask questions, to have an investigation into a significant piece of legislation that is before us. So there's nothing wrong with asking questions.
Nobody around this table and not one witness who has ever appeared before this committee has said we should not repeal section 67. It is how best to do it and the process by which we do it that is important.
I have a question to Mr. Ricard. The Canadian Human Rights Commission was before us. This is the same organization through which we want first nations people to now have recourse to for the repeal of section 67. That organization itself has said that we need a longer transition period, we need some kind of interpretive clause, or, in the absence of it, we need some binding guidelines.
They say there'll be an increase in terms of complaints, because we have 60 now without any recourse. So how many will we have when we have full recourse? There will obviously be an exponential number of complaints coming forward, so we need additional resources for first nations, for maybe the CHRC, and maybe even the government will require additional resources itself, to defend itself with the repeal.
With all of these groups saying transition time extension or a further transition time, resourcing, interpretation, or something like that, why was none of that included in this bill? I am sure that in all the consultations, adequate or not, that have been conducted since 1977, that would have been there; that would have formed part of the consultation. With all that arose out of most of the consultations that took place, why did the government decide not to include these things in this particular bill? What is the government's own policy? Outside of law as such, what policy does the government itself have in place for consultation with aboriginal people prior to the introduction of legislation? Do you have a policy that says we should do this, that, or the other thing, prior to submitting legislation? I only want to know, do you have a policy, an internal operating principle?