Mr. Speaker, I do not think we want to take up too much of the time of the House on this issue.
The member made a Motion for Papers many months ago. He appears to have been the author of his own misfortune by withdrawing his notice of motion at the time. As I understand it, he was not aware that he was withdrawing his motion at the time. Regrettably some months passed before he realized he had withdrawn his motion.
In this parliament he reintroduced a motion which when read in the English language clearly requests information related to prosecutions arising out of the Air India tragedy. As you will know, Mr. Speaker, there were no prosecutions arising out of that tragedy.
The member has urged upon the government another interpretation of the English words that he used in his notice of motion. As a result if one were to accept that I am sure, as the member has already admitted, it would take a couple of truckloads to deal with the amount of paper he has requested.
At the end of the day I was not aware that the member was about to rise. I assumed that further discussions would be had in relation to the volume of paperwork he was seeking. I suggest there is absolutely no contempt here at all. There were ongoing discussions until a week or so ago. The member is at least in part misinformed by himself and misrepresented by his own language in his motion.
The government would wish to make every attempt in good faith to respond to his need for papers. I am certainly ready to continue with that at this time.