October 18, 1976

LIB

John (Moody) Roberts (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. John Roberts (Secretary of State):

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I appreciate the kind welcome extended to me by the hon. member. The question he poses is a hypothetical one and as such I do not think it should be answered at this time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLISHING
Sub-subtopic:   EFFECT ON ADVERTISING REVENUE OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES ON DELETION OF COMMERCIALS FROM CABLE TELEVISION
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NDP

Reginald Cyril Symes

New Democratic Party

Mr. Symes:

I hope the minister can give an assurance now that this request, one which we heard the Secretary of State for External Affairs talk about the other day, will not be acceded to. Is the government confident there is no loophole in the Act, specifically in section 19, which permits advertizing tax reduction on repeated one-year contracts with U.S. border television stations?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLISHING
Sub-subtopic:   EFFECT ON ADVERTISING REVENUE OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES ON DELETION OF COMMERCIALS FROM CABLE TELEVISION
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LIB

James Alexander Jerome (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I have the distinct impression that the question seeks a legal opinion from the minister.

October 18, 1976

Oral Questions HARBOURS

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   PUBLISHING
Sub-subtopic:   EFFECT ON ADVERTISING REVENUE OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES ON DELETION OF COMMERCIALS FROM CABLE TELEVISION
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ALLEGED REDUCTION IN TIME FOR IMPLEMENTING NEW POLICY-DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION

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Mr. R. Gordon L. Fairweather@Fundy-Royal

A question for the Minister of Transport, Mr. Speaker. Has the lead time for implementing a new harbours policy been cut from some 15 months to six months? When will the necessary legislative authority be sought from parliament?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGED REDUCTION IN TIME FOR IMPLEMENTING NEW POLICY-DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Hon. Otto E. Lang (Minister of Transport):

We hope to introduce legislation at an early date. Until then, use is being made of the lead time in the sense that steps toward implementation, as far as this is possible ahead of the legislation, are being taken. I would point out that there is likely to be a fairly long period before all the steps necessary to rearrange the accounting and other responsibilities can be completed.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGED REDUCTION IN TIME FOR IMPLEMENTING NEW POLICY-DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
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PC

Robert Gordon Lee Fairweather

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fairweather:

Why is the plan under way before legislative authority has been received? Surely, the minister would agree that this amounts to contempt of parliament.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGED REDUCTION IN TIME FOR IMPLEMENTING NEW POLICY-DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
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LIB

Otto Emil Lang (Minister of Transport; Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board)

Liberal

Mr. Lang:

No, Mr. Speaker. I say this because the things which are now being done are being done under authority which presently exists. There is nothing in the law which prevents us from moving, for instance, toward the establishment of local executive committees to assist port management. While these committees may look like forerunners of the port authorities contemplated in the legislation and while they may begin to do their work and in this way begin the implementation of the policy, I do not think we need to await the legislation in order to make those moves which are possible under existing legislation. We shall need the legislation because many things which will fit together well in the whole operation require legislative change.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   ALLEGED REDUCTION IN TIME FOR IMPLEMENTING NEW POLICY-DATE OF INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Labour and it arises out of a question asked on Friday by the hon. member for Cape Breton-The Sydneys in connection with the strike of 275 Canadian Press journalists. Can he tell us whether as a result of the consideration given by his department as to the reasons for this strike the government does not agree that the claims of these journalists are both reasonable and responsible and that something must be done by his department to bring an end to a situation which has become intolerable to these employees and to active journalists?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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LIB

John Carr Munro (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. John C. Munro (Minister of Labour):

I conclude from the remarks of the right hon. gentleman that we have his support in our efforts to get this unfortunate strike settled. We are doing everything we possibly can to settle it. For me to comment on the merits would not be particularly helpful in

obtaining settlement, although I may have something to say about that personally at a later time.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

It is later than you think!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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?

Some hon. Members:

Oh, oh!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Why cannot the minister answer that very simple question-why his department, in dealing with this problem and in meeting with the executive of the publishers and the representatives of labour, has not stated definitely that the claims of the employees are reasonable and responsible? Why is the minister so uncertain, so willing to discuss a matter some time in the future, bearing in mind that the time for action is now, after almost a year's delay during which a contract has not been arrived at?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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LIB

John Carr Munro (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Munro (Hamilton East):

I appreciate the heroics the right hon. gentleman is getting into now-

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

I want the truth, not evasion!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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LIB

John Carr Munro (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. Munro (Hamilton East):

It may very well be that we have expressed our views. It may very well be that we have the strength of our convictions, too, but as most people in this House know, when one is trying to mediate a settlement it is not in the best interests of the employees and their families to go in for heroics.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

That accusation by the minister deserves an answer.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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Some hon. Members:

Question!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Speaking of heroics, there is such a thing as cowardice.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Sub-subtopic:   STRIKE OF CANADIAN PRESS EMPLOYEES-GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO SETTLE
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October 18, 1976