Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise in this abbreviated time for debate to raise one point.

It is not enough for Conservative members of Parliament in this place to say that aboriginal women should have the same rights that each of us have. The issue is constitutional. It is about the requirement from numerous Supreme Court decisions that decisions that affect first nation rights must have prior, full, constitutionally mandated consultation. That has not occurred and that makes me fear that the hon. minister is asking us to pass a bill that will be ruled unconstitutional later.

Hon. Bernard Valcourt: Mr. Speaker, the member is totally wrong. There have been consultations.