Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Human Resources Development.
The minister is adamant that he must bring in Bill C-64, the employment equity bill and he is equally adamant that this will not mean hiring quotas, but he is not right. Let me give him an example. Seventy-four per cent of all new recruits to the RCMP training academy in Regina this fall must be from the designated groups. In other words the RCMP has declared the winners before it has even held the exams.
How can the minister say these are not quotas and how can he be sure these people will be the best qualified to be RCMP officers?