Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Justice has assured us Bill C-68 is constitutional. He has assured us that Canada's aboriginal groups have been made part of this consultation process.
Last Friday Mr. Mosley, the assistant deputy minister, stated consultation with the James Bay Cree took place when the government provided the country with its white paper on firearms control and through the issuance of Bill C-68. He denied that constitutional rights of aboriginal people had been violated.
Is the justice minister's definition of a consultation the mere provision of what he intends to do with firearms legislation? Does this explain why he has stated repeatedly he has consulted with various groups and individuals including the James Bay Cree, the attorneys general of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba and the ministers of justice from Yukon and the Northwest Territories, who have all stated they were not consulted by the justice minister?