Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to respond to the member's question.
There are only two minutes to respond. I will consult my notes briefly but I think by listening to the premise of the hon. member's question, he is absolutely wrong. I wish he would review his history with respect to the rule of law, contract law and some of the legal decisions that were handed down to this country through the privy council office even in England long before any of us arrived in the House of Commons. This set out the rules very clearly that the first nations in Canada had a legal interest in the land.
We had signed the treaties, therefore, based on the legal process. The land was given away illegally by successive federal and provincial governments. We are trying to rectify that.
I agree with the member that it is collectively a Canadian decision. The hon. member will know as well that under section 91 we have responsibilities at the federal level and under section 92 those are responsibilities at the provincial level as well. We are working within those responsibilities, in this case with the Government of Saskatchewan, to address those compensation issues.
I remind the hon. member that legally in this case we have no obligation to provide those kinds of grants back to the municipalities. It is done as a gesture to work and facilitate relationships between all the interested parties.
The member said he spoke for western Canada. That is not the case at all. I am from western Canada and I do not share his view on this process.
We are talking about Saskatchewan. We are working very closely with the Saskatchewan government to work out under the treaty land entitlement process acceptable arrangements. We are still in discussions with respect to fair compensation for third party interests that we recognize as legitimate.