Mr. Speaker, would you be so kind as to call Notice of Motion for the Production of Papers No. P-39 in the name of the hon. member for Calgary Northeast.
That a humble address be presented to Her Excellency praying that she will cause to be laid before this House a copy of Canada's Submissions to the NATO Defence Planning Questionnaires for each year between 1987 and 2000.
It is not the practice of the House of Commons to request papers which if released would be detrimental to the security of the state or its allies and to the conduct of international relations.
This is in keeping with the spirit of the Access to Information Act. Subsection 15(1) states that a government institution may refuse to disclose any record that could reasonably be expected to be injurious to the conduct or the defence of Canada, or any state allied or associated with Canada.
According to subsections 15(1)(a) and 15(1)(b) this includes respectively the disclosure of any record relating to military tactics or strategy or military exercises or operations undertaken in preparation for hostilities or in connection with the detection, prevention or suppression of subversive or hostile activities, and the disclosure of any record relating to quantity, characteristics, capabilities or deployment of weapons or other defence equipment.
The requested information, if released, would be injurious to Canada's relations with our allies and to Canada's defence and that of our allies. I therefore ask the hon. member to withdraw his motion.