Mr. Speaker, my question is for the most distinguished Minister of Foreign Affairs. It has to do with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea which, if implemented, would go a long way in protecting oceans, in improving fisheries and in reducing the dangers of pollution.
Ratification by 60 nations is needed to make the law of the sea operative. So far some 57 nations have ratified this important document.
Will the minister inform the House when Canada, after nine years of inaction, will ratify the law of the sea?