Mr. Speaker, I do so for the following brief reasons.
Members will recall that my private member's bill was debated and passed unanimously at second reading in the House of
Commons and referred to the justice committee. Since that time my government has brought forward Bill C-78 on exactly the same subject.
In my judgment the bill contains virtually the same items that are in my private member's bill. It is designed to protect and relocate witnesses to crimes in Canada. As such, it seems a waste of time to proceed with two bills with identical material. Accordingly I am quite prepared, with the consent of the House, to have my private member's bill withdrawn.
I ask for unanimous consent of the House that the order of reference to the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for the consideration of Bill C-206, an act to provide for the relocation and protection of witnesses, be discharged and the bill withdrawn.
(Order discharged and bill withdrawn.)