moved for leave to introduce Bill C-326, an act respecting the territorial integrity of Canada.
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to introduce my private member's bill entitled Reform's territorial protection act. I wish to thank the hon. member for Elk Island for seconding my bill.
The purpose of this enactment is to affirm Canada's sovereign indivisibility. The bill is based on the fact that there is no provision in our constitution for the withdrawal from the federation of a province or a territory.
I want to accomplish three things with the bill. First, I want to ensure that the Canadian federation may not be deprived of any part of Canada's territory except with Canada's consent through constitutional amendment; second, to ensure that no province or territory may unilaterally withdraw from the federation; and third, to declare any province or territory cannot declare its intention unilaterally to secede from the federation and form a separate state.
I present this bill for the consideration of the House.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)