Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank the House for the excellent progress it has made with respect to the legislative program in the past several days.
We will continue this afternoon with the list provided by the Minister of Labour last Thursday. There are ongoing discussions that would see us dealing either later this afternoon or tomorrow with third reading of Bill C-13, the witness protection legislation, followed by Bill C-16 respecting contraventions. I believe there is agreement to dispose of Bill C-16 at all stages in this House.
If there is any time left after these two items are completed tomorrow, the government would be prepared to ask the House to adjourn. When we adjourn tomorrow, the House will begin the two week Easter break.
When we come back, on Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16, the House will conclude the budget debate. On Wednesday, April 17, we will resume the list we are now working on at the point where we leave off today. If we make even more progress today than I expect, I will be in communication with members opposite with regard to additional business for that week.
In any case, I wish the House to take notice that no later than the Friday of the week of our return it is the intention of the government to commence debate on the legislation implementing the 1996 budget.