Mr. Speaker, on April 22, 1999, in responding during question period to the hon. member for South Surrey—White Rock—Langley, I made reference to remarks made by the hon. member for Skeena at the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
In making this reference, without malice to the hon. member for Skeena and completely unintentionally, I overlooked the fact that the proceedings to which I referred were in fact in camera proceedings. I now of course fully recognize that I absolutely should not have made reference to such in camera proceedings. To have done so was a serious error that should not have occurred even in passionate debate during question period.
When the matter was brought to my attention by my House leader, I resolved immediately to set the record straight and address the matter on my first day back in the House. I have great personal respect for the dignity of the House, its traditions, practices, proceedings and, most of all, its members.
I therefore offer my apologies to the Chair, to members of the House, to members of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and, most important, I offer my apology to the hon. member for Skeena. Now, Mr. Speaker, I respectfully submit this to your hands.