I'd like to speak to Mr. Cullen's comment. There's no offence taken about the reputation of one minister or another. In the long term, the potential harm I see with the misuse of the exemption power is that a minister 30 years from now may say that it's in the public interest to have crude shipments coming in and out purely because of the economics of it.
As for the circumstances in terms of the appropriate use of an exemption, I think that use would likely extend far beyond one month, if I'm talking about the kinds of circumstances where there is an earthquake, or a tsunami, or whatever it might be. I'm thinking specifically of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. This is a multi-year thing. It's the timeline that I have some reservations about.
Although I appreciate the spirit of having it published in the Canada Gazette, I think that's helpful for people who watch the file very closely. I have two coasts in my own riding, and the spirit of this bill is very important to me. Nobody back home is watching the Canada Gazette, believe it or not. I think that if there were a broader exercise in publishing this on a more readily accessible source, it might be more appropriate.
I don't know if members have had the opportunity to look at the amendment that I intend to bring up to deal with this, but I hope it achieves the spirit of what Mr. Cullen is aiming at. I hope he appreciates that we're not just shooting this down for the sake of being difficult.