Mr. Speaker, I would like to state in the House that the constituents of Ottawa-Vanier are writing to me in large numbers-this week alone I received over 20 letters-concerning the CBC allnews channel and the protest that has been raised by Tory Members of Parliament and others. I would like to read one letter from constituents of mine representative of the number that I have received this week:
May I request you to voice on my behalf, and on behalf of many other constituents in our riding, our opposition to this move and to contact the Prime
Minister and the Minister of Communications to urge that the Cabinet not overturn the CRTC's decision on this issue.
The standards and quality of CBC's news programming have been judged superior to that of the private broadcasting companies. Moreover, the CBC is one of our most important national institutions, instrumental in the development of Canada's national identity and it is in our own interest to support and strengthen it. Awarding the licence to the CBC will ensure competent and independent news service in Canada.
Mr. Speaker, I would only ask that, with respect to the question of linguistic specificity, francophone viewers be provided with similar services in their own language.
Topic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic: CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic: ALL-NEWS TELEVISION CHANNEL-SUPPORT FOR GRANTING OF LICENCE
Mr. Speaker, the Bank of Montreal has announced that it is about to shed what it calls nickel-and-dime charges. I commend the bank for its leadership in this direction and I am sure customers will appreciate not having to pay to deposit and withdraw from savings accounts.
There are other charges in all banks that are not so nickel and dime that should be looked at very seriously. There is also the feeling in the business community that our banks are charging an excessive interest rate to cover losses chartered banks incurred with foreign loans. Bank customers refer to the large spread between interest paid and interest charged. Perhaps the banks should clear this matter up for the general public. While some progress in public relations may be made by banks, there is still a lot left to be desired.
Topic: BANKS AND BANKING
Subtopic: CHARTERED BANKS-INTEREST RATE CHARGES
Mr. Speaker, today at 12 noon in the Rotunda of Parliament, the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Mazankowski), on behalf of the Right Hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Mulroney), along with Members of Parliament from all Parties, will join with Metropolitan Maxim of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and Metropolitan Wasyly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee in inaugurating the celebration in Canada of the millenium of Christianity in Ukraine.
It is fitting that celebrations of this event be launched today in Ottawa, the day that in 1918 Ukrainians re-established their
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right to govern themselves by declaring the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine in Kiev.
In 988, St. Volodymyr the Great, the ruler of Kiev, adopted the Christian faith as the religion of his nation by baptizing his people in the waters of the Dnieper River.
The acceptance of Christianity profoundly altered the entire further course of Ukrainian history, significantly determining the development of Ukrainian culture in all of its manifestations and giving rise to a wealth of spiritual and social values.
The struggle of the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic churches, along with Ukrainian Protestant denominations, to overcome Russian imperialist and Soviet systemic persecution and banning has been a symbol to Ukrainians across the world to maintain their own rich historical and religious legacy.
I am sure I can speak for all Members of the House, and indeed for all Canadians, in extending best wishes to Ukrainians throughout the world for the solemn observance and festive celebration of the millenium year.
Topic: HISTORIC EVENTS
Subtopic: MILLENIUM OF CHRISTIANITY IN UKRAINE
Mr. Speaker, this week the Olympic flame came to the Yukon and it was a great event as it has been elsewhere in Canada. Now Revenue Canada has set up enough hurdles for northern Canadians to file for their northern tax benefits to qualify as an Olympic event.
I have received numerous telephone calls from constituents who, when they received their tax forms, found that they had been requested to fill out their T22-22 northern tax benefit forms only to find that they were not there. I began the quest for the forms.
It appears that the guides for these tax benefits have not been circulated, and indeed are not printed and will not be available until the end of February. 1 have been told by officials at Revenue Canada that they will send out copies of the guides and forms to residents, or that residents may call regional offices. It is a good idea to call the regional offices, but many northern Canadians do not have telephones. That clearly does not serve the public.
I call on the Minister to ensure that guides and forms for northern tax benefits will be made available in all post offices in the designated regions so that northern Canadians too can "go for the gold".
Topic: INCOME TAX
Subtopic: NORTHERN BENEFITS-LACK OF GUIDES AND TAX FORMS
Mr. Speaker, I rise to remind the Government and particularly the Minister of Transport (Mr. Crosbie) of the ongoing and unacceptable problem of aircraft noise over the Humberlea community in my riding. This frustrating problem is by no means new. The Minister's predecessor, now the Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. Mazankowski), was presented with this same dilemma on a number of occasions and failed then to resolve it to the satisfaction of residents.
The issue of overwhelming noise from planes departing from or approaching Pearson International Airport emanates from the disproportionate use of the East-West runway 24-L despite the fact that there is another parallel runway, 24-R, just to the North. The community is simply fed up and frustrated with the Government's excuses and it will no longer tolerate an unbalanced, unfair procedure of utilizing 24-L to an exaggerated and unacceptable degree.
I am demanding, therefore, that the Minister intervene to ensure that the Department's policy of alternating runways every four hours be respected. The time for action to guarantee a balanced pattern of flights over the Humberlea community is now, before its fabric as a neighbourhood and the health of its citizens are affected any further, particularly considering that the Government has now approved and will soon be building a third air terminal at Pearson International Airport.
Topic: AIR TRANSPORT
Subtopic: NOISE CAUSED BY AIRCRAFT USING PEARSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Mr. Speaker, the CRTC's November decision to grant new licences to TV specialty services deprives Canadians of the freedom of choice we cherish. Most do not know that if they do not want a 24-hour rock channel, a religious channel, or an all-news channel, they will be forced to receive it and will have no choice. Most do not know that they will be forced to pay an extra monthly charge for these services, estimated at over $2, and they will have no choice.
What about the 25 per cent of Canadians who do not have a channel converter? Their plight is even worse. Not only will they not be able to receive the new services but they will have to pay for them anyway. What about seniors or low-income families to whom the additional charge of $2-plus per month will be a burden? They will either have to pay it or give up their cable service.
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Canadians here in Ottawa are rebelling and are making their views known to their cable companies here. They do not want this forced down their throats. 1 encourage all Canadians to write or call their cable companies to express their outrage at this mandatory carriage of service.
Topic: CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION CRITICISM OF GRANTING SPECIALTY SERVICES CABLE LICENCES