Hon. Gerard Pelletier (Minister of Communications):
Mr. Speaker, I was going to say that I thought the hon. member had not read the papers carefully, but I have just been reading them and I understand his being utterly confused as, depending on the paper you read, the outcome of the conference was a success or a failure. I might tell him though that I do not agree personally, after attending the whole meeting and even presiding over it, that an impasse was reached. I regret the province of Quebec decided to withdraw, but we did take a positive step in agreeing to establish the Council of Communications ministers of Canada. There will be an empty seat, and as 1 said I regret that, bur eight and even very probably nine of those seats will be occupied, so that our discussions can progress. The province of Quebec decided to remain outside the council and to go its own way. Unfortunately, I cannot help that, and I can barely take it as a fact. As to the suggestions at the conference, I would tell the hon. member that the ones which were put forward by the federal government have been deemed acceptable, at least for further discussion, by nine out of ten provinces, which in baseball would be a fairly satisfactory batting average.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD