Hon. Murray Sinclair:
Honourable senators, my question is to the chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. I have a particular interest in Bill C-262, as its sponsor in the Senate. Having had consultation with the Conservative opposition, we’ve come to an agreement to refer Bill C-262 to your committee the week of May 14.
The chamber is aware of government legislation and other bills that may also make their way to your committee. Can you indicate whether the Aboriginal Peoples Committee will be able to deal with Bill C-262, as well as this other legislation?
Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, before I answer, I would first of all like to extend my appreciation to all members of the Aboriginal Peoples Committee who have worked diligently over the last three or four weeks dealing with pre-studies of Bill C-91 and Bill C-92. In fact, we’ve been holding meetings at double our normal rate in order to get them done as soon as possible. I thank all members for doing that so we can accommodate as many bills as possible over the next few weeks.
We have concluded our pre-study of Bill C-91 and the report was tabled yesterday here in the chamber. We will conclude our pre-study of Bill C-92 very soon. As we wait for those bills to come to the Senate from the House of Commons, the committee now has greater flexibility to deal with other business, such as Bill C-262, and the committee can accommodate other business now. We will continue to work diligently to maintain the flexibility within our schedule so that we are able to accommodate Bill C-262 when it is referred to the committee during the week of May 14.