June 21, 1984 (32nd Parliament, 2nd Session)

NDP

William Alexander (Bill) Blaikie (N.D.P. Caucus Chair)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Bill Blaikie (Winnipeg-Birds Hill):

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask, as others have before me, that the Government remove the Canada Council from the listing of Crown corporations and agencies included in Bill C-24.
Considering the operations of some Crown corporations in the country, there is little doubt that legislation is needed to make these agencies accountable. In fact such legislation is long overdue. However, the Canada Council is not an economic machine. It produces no profits or losses, and the Auditor General has never complained about its accounts. What is more, the Canada Council was never intended to be under the kind of direct Cabinet control outlined in Bill C-24. Instead, it

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was supposed to be an independent funding organization for the arts, and direct Cabinet control of its operations would compromise the Council's independence.
There is no need for the Canada Council to be governed by Bill C-24. Such action will only threaten the future integrity of the Council. Obviously the monolithic tendencies of the Government have once again manifested themselves. I urge the Government to leave well enough alone and allow the Canada Council to operate as the efficient and independent agency it is and must remain, outside the provisions of Bill C-24.

Topic:   THE CANADA COUNCIL
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION FROM PROVISIONS OF BILL C-24
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