Francis FOX

FOX, The Hon. Francis, P.C., Q.C., B.A., LL.L., D.E.S., LL.M., M.A.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Blainville--Deux-Montagnes (Quebec)
Birth Date
December 2, 1939
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Fox
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=8c88b631-34e1-4a75-a603-833894d455c1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
executive, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

October 30, 1972 - May 9, 1974
LIB
  Argenteuil--Deux-Montagnes (Quebec)
July 8, 1974 - March 26, 1979
LIB
  Argenteuil--Deux-Montagnes (Quebec)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (October 10, 1975 - September 13, 1976)
  • Solicitor General of Canada (September 14, 1976 - January 27, 1978)
May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
LIB
  Blainville--Deux-Montagnes (Quebec)
February 18, 1980 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Blainville--Deux-Montagnes (Quebec)
  • Minister of Communications (March 3, 1980 - June 29, 1984)
  • Secretary of State of Canada (March 3, 1980 - September 21, 1981)
  • Minister for International Trade (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)
August 29, 2005 - July 9, 1984
LIB
  Blainville--Deux-Montagnes (Quebec)
  • Minister for International Trade (June 30, 1984 - September 16, 1984)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 306)


June 12, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, the Hon. Member simply cannot be serious. He has asked me to comment upon the question of instructions. He alleged that instructions were given by my Deputy Minister to

the Canada Council. I have discussed it with my Deputy Minister and he has confirmed that he did not in any case give any instructions of the kind to which the Hon. Member just referred, to the Canada Council. As a matter of fact I am on the record, and another Minister is on the record, Senator Austin, to the effect that we thought the Canada Council ought to appear before the parliamentary committee.

It seems to me that we have said, time and time again on this side of the House, that we are indeed interested in seeing that the traditional arms length relationship between the Government and cultural agencies be maintained, that if for some reason or other the legislative drafting of Bill C-24 did not meet this, we very much hoped that the Canada Council and other agencies of a cultural nature would appear before a committee of the House to make their case known to Members. I very much believe that legislation, by going through this process, can indeed be improved.

On the questions of instructions, once again no instructions of the kind referred to by the Hon. Member were given by my Deputy Minister.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   THE CANADA COUNCIL
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June 12, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, a number of phone calls are made on a daily basis between officials of my Department and the Canada Council. I think it is quite obvious that there must be a working relationship between them. A number of issues, including ongoing issues, are indeed discussed during the course of these conversations.

After having reviewed the matter with my Deputy Minister, he informs me that there were indeed no instructions given to the Director of the Canada Council along the lines suggested by the Hon. Member. These may have been interpreted as instructions, and this is probably what Mr. Porteous is suggesting. But I have informed the House that there were indeed no instructions of that kind, and that perhaps the conversation was misunderstood.

To make it even clearer than that, I am referring to two earlier statements on the part of two Ministers of the Crown indicating that the Canada Council was welcome to appear before that committee. As a matter of fact, I personally told Mr. Porteous that the Canada Council ought to appear in front of that committee if it felt there were points which ought to be discussed and clarified.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TELEPHONE CALL MADE BY DEPUTY MINISTER
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June 12, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, I am on the record, not only in this House in previous replies to questions from my hon. friend, but also in the newspapers of the land. I refer to The Globe and Mail where I indicated quite clearly that the Canada Council was welcome to appear before the House of Commons Committee examining Bill C-24. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. They have done so. It was indicated in the same article in The Globe and Mail on the part of the official critic of the Opposition on matters of culture and communications that the only thing he could reproach this Government for, in the field of culture and communications over the past four years, was for having done too much for the cultural community.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITY
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June 12, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, I am saying that it is indeed an erroneous interpretation to say that instructions were given. No instructions were given. I indicated that two Ministers of the Crown, myself and another Minister, in public statements, one of which is included in a release by the Canada Council-let's get back to the Hon. Member's question. He has asked whether there is a climate of intimidation. There is no climate of intimidation. The Canada Council appeared before the committee, of which the Hon. Member is a member, last week and gave testimony. Once again, it was invited by two Ministers of the Crown to appear before the committee to give its testimony and its point of view. We on this side of the House believe that the House of Commons is part of the legislative process. We on this side believe that legislation can be improved by going through that process. If it comes out of that process improved, so much the better.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   TESTIMONY GIVEN BY COUNCIL DIRECTOR
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June 12, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, I am indeed indicating on behalf of my Deputy Minister, as the Minister does-the Minister responds to questions in this House on behalf of his officials-that my Deputy Minister did not give any instructions to the Canada Council along the lines suggested by the Hon. Member. I am indicating that if the executive Director of the Council thought these to be instructions, he did not understand the conversation properly.

There were no instructions given to the Canada Council telling it not to appear in front of that committee. If you will allow me to repeat myself once more this afternoon-I said it four times, perhaps five times-I will say it a sixth time. 1 personally invited the Canada Council to appear in front of the committee. My colleague, Mr. Austin, did the same thing. The proof, once again, is in the pudding. The Council appeared. It appeared with members of the Council, members appointed by this Government, and it made its point of view known very clearly indeed.

As I indicated to the Hon. Member for Rosedale previously, we believe that perhaps as a result of this interaction by the Council and the committee, some good ideas may be generated on the other side of the House. If there are none generated on that side of the House, I am fully confident they will be generated on this side of the House and that this question will indeed be resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT DEPUTY MINISTER APPEAR AS COMMITTEE WITNESS
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