Mr. Lyle Dean MacWilliam (Okanagan-Shuswap):
Madam Speaker, the minister knows full well that for Canadians it is either job losses or increased consumer cost.
The incident of which he talks concerns United Telecommunications which I might add is 20 per cent owned by the American giant AT&T. It is easy money for United Telecom because it comes in and creams off the long-distance profits from this lucrative market.
Does the minister not recognize that our world-class telecommunications because of deregulation is beginning to unravel at the seams? Does he not see that this policy through deregulation has in fact exposed the jugular of the Canadian telecommunications industry to the American corporate knife?