The motion is in order. Thank you,that solves the issue raised by Mr. Warawa, the parliamentary secretary.
On the substance of the issue, I would like to say that the Bloc Québecois will vote in favour of this motion put forward by the New Democratic Party. On a number of occasions, in this committee, we indicated to the government that we wanted the minister to come here and explain her vision for the future with regard to environmental protection and particularly the Kyoto Protocol.
Mr. Chairman, I would like to remind you that the House of Commons has recently adopted a motion requesting the federal government to table a plan to achieve the green house gas emission objectives provided for under the Kyoto Protocol. Moreover, the opposition has often asked the Minister of Environment whether she intends to incorporate the Kyoto objectives into her future plan.
We can only conclude today that the government has declined to satisfy the wishes of the House. Moreover, the Minister has refused to appear before the committee although she was free and had ample time to do so.
I believe that the motion presented by my NDP colleague is justified and should be supported by this committee. That is my wish and that is the position we will state in today's vote.