June 4, 1984

PC

Benno Friesen (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-North Delta):

Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Communications. As he knows, the CRTC puts very heavy obligations on cable operators and the services that they provide to the community and also regulates them very carefully. Meanwhile, apartment block owners and hotel operators who install satellite antennae services can siphon off that industry. It has the effect of haemorrhaging the income of those cable operators.

Does the Minister have any intention of making certain that the CRTC relaxes the obligations placed on the cable operators, or does he have another plan to make sure that if there is to be competition rather than regulated monopoly in that marketplace, it will be fair for everybody?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION REGULATION OF TELEVISION CABLE OPERATORS
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LIB

Francis Fox (Minister of Communications)

Liberal

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, I think the Hon. Member's question is very basic and indicates a very clear understanding of the role of the cable companies in Canada. It also indicates a sympathy for the position that we in Canada should want to have a thriving cable industry and a strong broadcasting industry of our own. I would only encourage him to speak to his own House Leader to try to pass Bill C-20, since that Bill does indeed deal with the very problem that the Hon. Member raises. I think it is an important problem. I would very much hope that we would have the co-operation of the Hon. Member's House Leader to get this Bill through as soon as possible.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION REGULATION OF TELEVISION CABLE OPERATORS
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THE ADMINISTRATION

PC

Ramon John Hnatyshyn (Official Opposition House Leader; Progressive Conservative Party House Leader)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Ray Hnatyshyn (Saskatoon West):

Mr. Speaker, my question is not related to that last gratuitous statement by the

Minister of Communications, but is directed to the Minister responsible for the Status of Women. Her colleague, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, has been quoted with respect to the tradition of the Liberal Party of alternating between English and French leaders. He was quoted as follows:

We have to select the best person. This (tradition) has to disappear. It's not an honorary post, it's the chief executive officer of the country.

"If we use a quota system, it will develop that we can, at some point, only have a Ukrainian woman."

Obviously the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources thinks a Ukrainian woman as leader of any political Party is a last resort, the last option. Speaking as the Minister does on behalf of the status of women, will she dissociate herself and her Cabinet colleagues with respect to this point of view expressed by the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN-STATEMENT ATTRIBUTED TO MINISTER OF ENERGY-REFERENCE TO UKRAINIAN WOMAN
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LIB

Judith A. Erola (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs; Minister responsible for the Status of Women)

Liberal

Hon. Judy Erola (Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs):

I think, Mr. Speaker, that it was an unfortunate remark, but at the same time it must be taken in total context. I will certainly have a discussion with the Minister as to exactly how that remark was made.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE ADMINISTRATION
Sub-subtopic:   LIBERAL PARTY LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN-STATEMENT ATTRIBUTED TO MINISTER OF ENERGY-REFERENCE TO UKRAINIAN WOMAN
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CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT OF RULES

PC

Benno Friesen (Progressive Conservative Party Caucus Chair)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Benno Friesen (Surrey-White Rock-North Delta):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question for the Minister of Communications. He is responsible for the administration of the CRTC. He is allowing that Commission to operate a two-track program, relaxed for the master antenna service and tough on the cable operators. When will he take his job seriously so that everybody operates under the same rules?

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT OF RULES
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LIB

Francis Fox (Minister of Communications)

Liberal

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, if the Hon. Member has been following the more recent CRTC decisions, he will see the rules that apply to master antenna television systems are the same as those that apply to cable operators. If the Hon. Member believes that the Government of the day and Parliament should have some say in deciding the architecture of the broadcasting system in Canada, including cable, he should once again speak to his House Leader, because Bill C-20 would give the Government of the day, after having tabled directives in the House of Commons, the opportunity to give directives to the CRTC on the over-all architecture of the system. I appreciate the Hon. Member's question. It indicates quite clearly that he, too, believes it is time that parliamentarians, the elected representatives of the people, should have more to say in the design of the architecture of the broadcasting system of Canada. That is our position in the House. We are simply waiting for the Opposition to indicate its willingness to go in that direction.

June 4, 1984

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT OF RULES
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ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS

QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


LIB

John Leslie Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. John Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to President of the Privy Council):

Mr. Speaker, the following questions will be answered today: Nos. 804, 805 and 806.

Province (a) 'Employee Size

1,000 and over

$000

Newfoundland 1,312

Prince Edward Island 44

Nova Scotia 6,790

New Brunswick 11,581

Quebec 356,393

Ontario 799,992

Manitoba 51,325

Saskatchewan 6,754

Alberta 12,901

British Columbia 21,801

Yukon and N.W.T. 309

Unknown

Total $1,269,202

Order Paper Questions

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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PC

Mr. Towers

Progressive Conservative

In the Fiscal year 1982-83, by province, what was the total monetary value of contracts for goods and services awarded by the Department of Supply and Services to businesses with more than (a) 1,200 employees (b) 200 employees but less than 1,200 (c) one but less than 200 employees?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-TOTAL VALUE OF CONTRACTS BY PROVINCE
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LIB

Charles Lapointe (Minister of Supply and Services)

Liberal

Hon. Charles Lapointe (Minister of Supply and Services):

(b) Employee Size (c) Employee Size Employee Size200 - 999 1-99 Unknown$000 $000 $0001,906 22,132 17,920144 4,420 2,14444,405 75,037 35,5143,907 23,396 12,587396,187 252,694 153,156402,370 880,653 320,08138,332 36,606 27,9106,618 14,263 6,49324,988 46,781 34,90522,021 85,561 68,881136 6,772 3,527- - 5,291$941,014 $1,448,315 $688,409

* Note: Employee size coding is restricted to 1,000 and over with no break available at 1,200 employees.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-TOTAL VALUE OF CONTRACTS BY PROVINCE
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PC

Mr. Towers

Progressive Conservative

In the fiscal year 1982-83, did the Department of Supply and Services award any contracts for goods and services offshore and, if so (a) what was the total value of all such contracts (b) did the Department determine if any Canadian suppliers could fulfil such contracts and, if so, approximately how much of the above total could have been supplied by them?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-DOLLAR VALUE OF OFFSHORE CONTRACTS
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LIB

Charles Lapointe (Minister of Supply and Services)

Liberal

Hon. Charles Lapointe (Minister of Supply and Services):

(a) The total value for all contracts awarded offshore for fiscal year 1982-83 was $616,966,688.

(b) The policy of the federal Government is to support Canadian suppliers when possible. However, there is no record readily available to determine the value of offshore purchases which could have been supplied by Canadian based suppliers.

It should be noted that federal Government contracts awarded to Canadian suppliers during the same period amounted to $4,346,940,000, (more than seven times the value of contracts awarded offshore).

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-DOLLAR VALUE OF OFFSHORE CONTRACTS
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PC

Mr. Towers

Progressive Conservative

In the fiscal year 1982-83, what was the total monetary value of contracts for goods and services awarded by the Department of Supply and Services (a) in all of Canada (b) by province?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-CONTRACTS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES
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LIB

Charles Lapointe (Minister of Supply and Services)

Liberal

Hon. Charles Lapointe (Minister of Supply and Services):

$4,346,940,000 $000

Newfoundland 43,270

Prince Edward Island 6,752

Nova Scotia 161,746

New Brunswick 51,471

Quebec 1,158,430

Ontario 2,403,096

Manitoba 154,173

Saskatchewan 34,128

Alberta 119,575

British Columbia 198,264

Yukon and N.W.T. 10,744

Unidentified (Canada-wide or documents less than $250.) 5,291

Total 4,346,940

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-CONTRACTS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES
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LIB

John Leslie Evans (Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. Evans:

I ask, Mr. Speaker, that the remaining questions be allowed to stand.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-CONTRACTS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES
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LIB

Gildas L. Molgat (Speaker pro tempore)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

The questions as enumerated by the Parliamentary Secretary have been answered. Shall the remaining questions be allowed to stand?

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
Sub-subtopic:   DSS-CONTRACTS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES
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June 4, 1984