Hon. Joan Fraser:
Just for the record, colleagues, I support this motion, but for reasons that I think are diametrically opposed to those expressed by Senator Dean.
I take the Leader of the Government in the Senate at his word when he says that the invitation to the ministers named in this motion is by no means — his words — an attempt to limit the normal procedure of study and consideration that the Senate would engage in on any major bill. I appreciate the notion that hearing from those ministers before we have concluded our second reading debate might be very helpful. Indeed, had Senator Carignan proposed hearing from even more ministers, but in a relatively compressed time frame, I might have supported that. Had he said, for example, let’s all come back on a Monday and devote the whole day to hearing from ministers, I would have thought that was a very interesting concept. I did not support the proposal that he did make. I do support Senator Harder’s proposal, but not as an attempt to limit or curtail Senate procedures.