Mr. Speaker, I have provided you with the requisite letter and make a small argument now for an emergency debate on the subject of Canada's health care system.
The subject of debate would be the threat to Canada's health care system posed by the imminent passage of bill 11 in the Alberta legislature and the ramifications for all Canadians as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the relationship between that agreement and the provisions of bill 11.
Parliament of Canada must have an opportunity to debate whether the Alberta government has the right to endanger medicare for all Canadians, as it is doing, given the provisions of NAFTA, and what the Parliament of Canada should do about it, and what the Government of Canada should do about it before bill 11 is passed.
Time is of the essence. That is the nature of the emergency. It is not something we can debate next week or the week after. It is something that we can only debate now. The Parliament of Canada should be seized with this subject as soon as possible. I beseech the Chair to see the wisdom of this request.