Mr. Speaker, my question for the member has to do with the prohibitions.
Starting with clause 5, which deals with the prohibitions, it states:
No person shall manufacture, import, advertise or sell a consumer product listed in Schedule 2.
If we look at schedule 2, and this is my concern, schedule 2 includes a fairly specific list, such as glasses that contain cellulose nitrate, baby walkers with wheels, et cetera. There are 14 items, the last one being lawn darts with elongated tips. This seems like a very small list relative to the range of consumer products out there.
Clause 6 then goes on to state:
No person shall manufacture, import, advertise or sell a consumer product that does not meet the requirements set out in the regulations.
This is the problem. I am concerned about the way we craft these things. We have schedule 2, which purports to be a comprehensive list of the key items or types of items, but then there is this catch-all, the regulations, which parliamentarians in either House will not see until after the bill has passed all stages in both Houses and received royal assent.
This causes me some concern. On occasion we have required that the regulations proposed by order in council, by the government, must go through committee for comment prior to being promulgated. I wonder if the member would agree that because of the importance of this legislation in terms of consumer protection that Parliament should be engaged in ensuring that the regulations are appropriate?