Mr. Speaker, this is just another example of the Liberal government not wanting to hear legitimate criticism.
Limiting the debate on this issue to only a few members in this House does not give fair representation to the members from British Columbia, from Alberta, from Saskatchewan, or from the rest of the country to even present their position.
It does not give those members the opportunity to voice the opinions that they have heard from first nations that will lose economic opportunities because of this bill. It does not give members a chance to address the regional discrimination that this bill would impose against one region of the country.
I challenge the minister: has he checked the constitutional legality of this bill?