moved for leave to introduce Bill C-214, an act to provide for improved information on the cost of proposed government programs.
Mr. Speaker, I am happy to reintroduce my bill dealing with government financing.
Members of the House are often required to vote on various pieces of legislation. It occurs to me that quite often members of Parliament and the general public have no idea of exactly what the cost will be or its future impact on taxpayers.
The bill would require that prior to all legislation being voted on that it be properly costed and the costing be attested to by the Governor General. I believe if we had had this type of legislation in the past we would not have the debt and deficit problems which now exist.
I am pleased to introduce the bill which will provide an awareness and a better focus among parliamentarians on some of the debt and deficit problems we have.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)