Mr. Thomas Siddon (Richmond-South Delta):
Madam Speaker, I rise, under the provisions of Standing Order 43, on a matter of urgent and pressing necessity.
In view of recent statements by the chairman of the CRTC, confirmed by the Minister of Communications, that the government will prosecute certain organizations and individuals for distributing television signals received from satellites, but that other groups need not be concerned about prosecution, and since this obvious double standard allows some Canadians the right to choose freely what they watch on television while denying that freedom to others, 1 move, seconded by the hon. member for Esquimalt-Saanich (Mr. Munro):
That the government be directed to prepare amendments to the Canadian Broadcasting Act which recognize the global realities of modern communications technology and which will eliminate the present double standard by extending equal rights and privileges to television viewers in all parts of Canada.
Sub-subtopic: SATELLITE TELEVISION SIGNALS-EQUAL PRIVILEGES THROUGHOUT CANADA-MOTION UNDER S.O. 43