Mr. Speaker, Canadians are increasingly concerned about the multilateral agreement on investment being negotiated by this government.
The MAI was hatched in secrecy. It could deal away our sovereignty. Canadians do not believe they are getting straight answers.
In the face of government evasion, citizens are taking matters into their own hands and educating themselves. For example, a group in Regina is organizing a conference to be held in 10 days time.
A member of that group, Dr. Joseph Kos, has been trying for five months to get some answers from this government or to have somebody from the government participate in the conference. So far Dr. Kos and his fellow citizens have come up empty handed.
The federal government has been unwilling to provide a speaker, despite letters to the Prime Minister, to the Minister for International Trade and to the Minister of Natural Resources in whose constituency this conference will take place. They do not have any answers.
This kind of stonewalling is not an isolated occurrence. It is occurring in other jurisdictions as well.
We urge the government to begin taking its responsibilities seriously and to provide a speaker for this conference.