June 16, 1993

SECOND REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

PC

Jean-Pierre Hogue

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jean-Pierre Hogue (Outremont):

Mr. Speaker, through you I want to wish the Speaker of the House a speedy convalescence.

Today, I have the honour to present the second report of the Standing Committee on Multiculturalism and Citizenship. The report, Study of the implementation of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act in federal institutions, is the result of about two years of work, during which committee members painstakingly examined how federal institutions are adjusting to the ethno-cultural and racial diversity of this country.

The committee noted that most central institutions of the federal government are now aware, not only of the close relationship between multiculturalism and our Canadian democratic principles, but also of the psychological, socio-cultural, economic and political benefits of a harmonious integration of members of ethno-cultural minorities within our great Canadian nation.

While stressing the progress made by federal institutions by implementing the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, the committee has also raised fundamental questions about managing the ethno-cultural diversity of this country and maximizing the benefits of that diversity.

June 16, 1993

The Standing Committee on Multiculturalism and Citizenship requests the government's response to this report, pursuant to Standing Order 109.

Topic:   MULTICULTURALISM AND CITIZENSHIP
Subtopic:   SECOND REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE STATUS OF DISABLED PERSONS

SIXTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

PC

Bruce Halliday

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bruce Halliday (Oxford):

Mr. Speaker, I have reports from two standing committees to table if I may.

First I have the honour to present in the usual format as well as in the alternate formats of Braille, computer disc, large print and an audio cassette the sixth report of the Standing Committee on Human Rights and the Status of Disabled Persons entitled Getting Back on the Road, Passenger Transportation and Persons With Disabilities.

In accordance with its unique mandate under Standing Order 108(3)(b), the committee has examined the question of transportation for disabled persons, including consideration of specific sections relating to disabled persons of the report from the National Transportation Act Review Commission entitled Competition in Transportation Policy and Legislation in Review. This report was presented to the House by the Minister of Transport on March 9, 1993.

In accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

In keeping with the subject matter of this report from the standing committee and recognizing the tributes that were paid today to Speaker Fraser, I would like to recognize the fact that while he was indeed very committed to issues of environment and the military, his Scottish heritage and other matters, we should not forget that he had a very long-standing interest in the subject area of disability. He and his staff on the Hill have gone a long way to make Parliament Hill much more accessible than heretofore. We want to extend that congratulations to him.

Routine Proceedings

Topic:   HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE STATUS OF DISABLED PERSONS
Subtopic:   SIXTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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HEALTH AND WELFARE, SOCIAL AFFAIRS NINTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE

PC

Bruce Halliday

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bruce Halliday (Oxford):

Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the chair of the Standing Committee on Health and Welfare, Social Affairs, Seniors and the Status of Women, I have the honour to table in both official languages the ninth report of that committee entitled Disclosure of Information to Emergency Response Personnel.

The committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to the report within 150 days.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE, SOCIAL AFFAIRS NINTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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NDP

Nelson Andrew Riis (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Nelson A. Riis (Kamloops):

Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

This is not to quarrel with the committee report that the hon. member had just introduced, but the representative from the New Democratic Party on that committee submitted a minority report. This minority report is not a quarrel with the committee report but simply encourages legislative action to be taken.

Since we are trying to move this quickly today I wonder if I could seek unanimous consent of the House to simply have this minority report appended to the original report.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE, SOCIAL AFFAIRS NINTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Is there unanimous consent?

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE, SOCIAL AFFAIRS NINTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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Some hon. members:

Agreed.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE, SOCIAL AFFAIRS NINTH REPORT OF STANDING COMMITTEE
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BILL C-301 REPORT OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

LIB

Rex Crawford

Liberal

Mr. Rex Crawford (Kent):

Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the report of the Legislative Committee on Bill C-301, an act to amend the Financial Administration Act (financial information) without amendment.

[Editor's Note: See today's Votes and Proceedings.]

June 16, 1993

Routine Proceedings

Topic:   BILL C-301 REPORT OF LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE
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BROADCASTING ACT

MEASURE TO AMEND

LIB

David Kilgour

Liberal

Mr. David Kilgour (Edmonton Southeast) moved

for leave to introduce Bill C-458, an act to amend the Broadcasting Act and the Radiocommunication Act.

Topic:   BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Pursuant to Standing Order 68(2), the motion is deemed adopted.

Topic:   BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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LIB

David Kilgour

Liberal

Mr. Kilgour:

Mr. Speaker, very briefly, this is a bill that would amend the Broadcasting Act and Radiocommunication Act and ensure that they not infringe on the basic rights of Canadians to communicate in a free and democratic society.

The law as it stands now leaves, in my view, too much room for different interpretation and imposes too many restrictions. For example, it states that applicants wishing to broadcast religious programming as part of basic cable service must offer diverse points of view on the issues of public concern. It also states that they can be exempt from this if offering their services to those willing to pay for it on cable.

In a sentence, it would appear to be unfair and unrealistic to impose on religious broadcasters an obligation to also present different points of view. Nor does it seem fair in my view in an open society to deny a licence to religious programmers producing mainly in another country.

Topic:   BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PC

Charles Deblois (Assistant Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole)

Progressive Conservative

The Acting Speaker (Mr. DeBlois):

Mr. Kilgour moves that the bill be now read the first time and printed.

Pursuant to Standing Order 69(1), the motion is deemed adopted.

Bill read the first time and printed.

Topic:   BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   MEASURE TO AMEND
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PIONEER MONUMENT ACT

MEASURE TO ENACT

June 16, 1993