Mr. Speaker, first, on the procedural point, when I rose on a point of order it was simply to point out to the Chair that I still had the floor and I then proceeded to complete putting my amendment.
The pricing of the commodity of oil, which is done by the world markets, is entirely a function beyond the control of this parliament. The question of supply by the OPEC nations, which is the principle determining factor in the price of oil, is beyond our control. What we can control is the gas taxes, and that is what we propose to do through this motion.
We have no opposition to reasonable oversight on the part of government, the competition bureau and other regulatory agencies to ensure that oil firms are pricing the product fairly and that there are no monopoly type pricing practices. We believe there are measures in place to ensure that is the case. In principle I have no problem with the suggestion made by the hon. member.