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 4 of 306)


June 12, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, I will repeat my answer once again. I hope this time the Hon. Member will listen. What I indicated last time was that in making an appropriation of approximately $190 million to build two fine museums in the national capital region of Canada, the new National Gallery and the new Museum of Man, the federal Government had indeed made available to the Canada Museums Construction Corporation sufficient funds to build these museums. However, over a period of time, it was thought that these museums should have an outward appearance befitting their position in the national capital of the country. To improve part of the facade and the appearance

Oral Questions

of that museum, it was estimated that an additional $24 million would be required. The Hon. Member is most welcome to ask those questions of the Chairman of the Canada Museums Construction Corporation during the course of the Estimates or at other appropriate times.

As to the Hon. Member's comments on the effect on fund raising in Canada, obviously this type of fund raising will not affect the small regional museums because we are not approaching the same type of clientele that is being approached by the small regional museums to which he refers.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES
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June 8, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

I am

informed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as follows:

1. Yes. (a) The proposal for the brochure was initiated in the Communications department at the Toronto centre, in the summer of 1983 as part of the annual program promotion campaign. It was then approved by the Director of Communications English Networks, the Vice-President of Communications and the Vice-President of the English Television Network.

(b) Ten thousand copies were printed.

(c) The brochure was distributed by mail at a cost of $7,219.99 to key Canadian opinion leaders, Senators and Members of Parliament, commercial sponsors, press, cultural special interest groups, and CBC program sales and distribution contacts.

2. Typesetting-$1,042.10, Robert/William Typographers Ltd., Toronto. Illustration and special effects photography- $1,885. Sloane Square Studio, Toronto.

3. Printing-$24,000. Herzig-Sommerville Ltd., Toronto.

4. $34,147.09.

Topic:   ROUTINE PROCEEDINGS
Subtopic:   QUESTIONS ON THE ORDER PAPER
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June 4, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, it was my understanding that Members on the other side of the House have always felt that we should be implementing some of the recommendations of the Auditor General and that we should be operating on a cost recovery basis in some of these areas. There is a cost associated with allocating frequencies to small aircraft. There is a cost associated with managing the spectrum in Canada. We have tried to identify

June 4, 1984

Oral Questions

the amount of money which should be charged to each class of operator. We do indeed charge for radio licences for every type of aircraft. We also charge boats and anyone else who is receiving a frequency.

We have just recently issued and gazetted a discussion paper requesting the public at large to have input into how we should be re-allocating these costs.

The radio is an important part for the safety of the pilots and occupants of small aircraft. When comparing the cost of a private aircraft to the annual cost of operating a radio, it seems to me that a $40 annual licence fee is not an exorbitant amount to ask of the owner of a small aircraft.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST THAT LICENCE FEE BE REMOVED
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June 4, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, if the Hon. Member has been following the more recent CRTC decisions, he will see the rules that apply to master antenna television systems are the same as those that apply to cable operators. If the Hon. Member believes that the Government of the day and Parliament should have some say in deciding the architecture of the broadcasting system in Canada, including cable, he should once again speak to his House Leader, because Bill C-20 would give the Government of the day, after having tabled directives in the House of Commons, the opportunity to give directives to the CRTC on the over-all architecture of the system. I appreciate the Hon. Member's question. It indicates quite clearly that he, too, believes it is time that parliamentarians, the elected representatives of the people, should have more to say in the design of the architecture of the broadcasting system of Canada. That is our position in the House. We are simply waiting for the Opposition to indicate its willingness to go in that direction.

June 4, 1984

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   CANADIAN RADIO-TELEVISION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT OF RULES
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June 4, 1984

Hon. Francis Fox (Minister of Communications):

Mr. Speaker, I know the Hon. Member's question has been asked in the House before by Members who either pilot small aircraft or are interested in this question. The Hon. Member's question is undoubtedly related to the increase from $20 to $40 for the radio licence fee in aircraft. I believe that licence fee was increased for the first time in some seven years from $20 to $40. It is not outrageous to ask pilots of private aircraft to pay some of the cost of managing the spectrum system, the frequency allocation system in Canada.

The Auditor General of Canada had actually asked my Department to go on a cost recovery basis a lot more quickly than we have done. We have tried to ensure that costs would not increase too quickly. In the case of small aircraft we decided that an increase from $20 to $40 was not an inordinate amount to ask, especially in view of the fact that no increase had been made in about seven years.

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   COMMUNICATIONS
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