House of Commons Hansard #144 of the 35th Parliament, 2nd Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was say.

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Dubbing Industry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Bloc

Gaston Leroux Richmond—Wolfe, QC

Mr. Speaker, the dubbing industry in Quebec is in trouble.

This industry, which is a source of income for 450 workers, generates about $20 million in the Canadian cultural sector. The Union des artistes and l'Association québécoise des industries techniques du cinéma et de la télévision sounded of the alarm this week, sending a message to the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

My question is directed to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. What kind of measures is the minister now considering to support the dubbing industry in Quebec?

Dubbing Industry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I think the hon. member raised a very important issue which concerns market access. In fact, the French government's current policy on dubbing is costing Canada jobs because it will not accept films dubbed by a country other than France, claiming that the accent is wrong, in fact rather rustic.

We are working together with Ms. Beaudoin, the Quebec Minister of Culture, to ensure that following representations made by Ms. Beaudoin and the Union des artistes, we can have a joint policy to counter a catastrophic dubbing policy like the one supported by France today.

Dubbing Industry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Bloc

Gaston Leroux Richmond—Wolfe, QC

Mr. Speaker, considering that the Minister of Canadian Heritage says she is working together with the Quebec minister, I may remind her that broadcasting is under federal jurisdiction, that Telefilm Canada is under federal jurisdiction, and that in both cases, the minister has the authority to inform the Canadian film production and television production industry that it is important to have their dubbing done in Quebec.

Will the minister promise to use every means at her disposal to deal with this matter?

Dubbing Industry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, yesterday I was at

Telefilm Canada in Montreal, where I met executives of Telefilm to discuss various issues, including the problem facing the Canadian dubbing industry.

Before taking any action, we want to be able to co-operate closely with the Quebec Minister of Culture, Ms. Beaudoin, who has already indicated that she wants to adopt a joint policy on the subject. I believe the French minister, Mr. Douste-Blazy, will be in Quebec City on April 6 and 7. We hope that the persuasiveMs. Beaudoin will be able to infuse some logic into the French cultural policy on dubbing.

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

March 13th, 1997 / 2:55 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the minister of defence.

On March 16, 1993, while in custody, Somali teenager Shidane Arone was beaten to death by Canadian soldiers. How is it possible that the Somalia inquiry will end before it investigates the event that led to the investigation into the inquiry in the first place?

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Acadie—Bathurst
New Brunswick

Liberal

Douglas Young Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Speaker, as I have said many times, I do not wish to comment and I do not think it is appropriate for me to comment on how the commission that began its works two years set itself up to pursue the objectives within its mandate.

There have been other initiatives and other procedures taken to deal with the beating death of the Somali citizen the hon. gentleman refers to. I am sure anyone who is really interested in that incident is thoroughly familiar with the facts surrounding it and how it was dealt with through the military justice system.

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

Reform

Ian McClelland Edmonton Southwest, AB

Mr. Speaker, that is exactly what we are talking about and that is exactly why we have a Somalia inquiry in the first place.

I have one question for the minister of defence. If a Canadian had been beaten to death on March 16 instead of a Somali, would the minister of defence be shutting down the inquiry?

Somalia Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

The Speaker

That is a rhetorical question.

Burma
Oral Question Period

2:55 p.m.

NDP

Bill Blaikie Winnipeg—Transcona, MB

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Foreign Affairs and it has to do with the regime in Burma.

Perhaps the minister is aware that there was a group demonstrating its concern earlier this day on Parliament Hill. The regime in Burma is truly one of the most despicable regimes on the face of the planet right now. The government has shown leadership in other areas, Nigeria very recently.

I wonder if the minister could tell us whether the government is contemplating, would consider or would act soon to sanction the Government of Burma and to encourage other nations to do the same vis-à-vis trade sanctions and other pressures that could be brought to bear on the Burmese government to finally bring democracy to that besieged area of the world.

Burma
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Northumberland
Ontario

Liberal

Christine Stewart Secretary of State (Latin America and Africa)

Mr. Speaker, along with my colleague, the Government of Canada is very concerned with the situation of human rights and governance in Burma. In whatever form we can, we do raise those issues.

Canada alone cannot act to bring effective sanctions against a country like Burma but we do act with other nations, particularly those in the region of Burma. We talk to them about our concerns on this front. We hope to be able to encourage them successfully to take some collective action with us to try to influence the government in Burma to change its ways, to promote good governance, democracy and respect for human rights.

Burma
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

The Speaker

Before I proceed to our final question, I said it was a rhetorical question. My colleague, you will forgive me, it was a hypothetical question.

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Liberal

Wayne Easter Malpeque, PE

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council has recommended that the cod fishery on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and south of the coast of Newfoundland could be reopened in a minor way this year. Is the minister prepared to reopen these cod fisheries in a minor way?

Fisheries
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bonavista—Trinity—Conception
Newfoundland & Labrador

Liberal

Fred Mifflin Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member is correct. The Fisheries Resource Conservation Council did recommend that the cod fishery on the south coast of Newfoundland and the northern and southern gulf could be opened in a very minor and precautionary way.

When I announced the groundfish management plan in December, I stated that providing there was reasonable consensus among the fishermen in those areas and if they could come up with a conservation plan and a reasonable harvesting plan, then I would consider opening that fishery.

I have to report to the House that I have met with the fishermen's association and many fishermen. They are working very hard to put together, with my officials, a consensus and a plan that respects the sustainability of the fisheries. If their progress continues, I expect to be able to make a decision in the not too distant future on the

basis of an amber light as opposed to a green light for the reopening of these fisheries on a test basis.

I expect I will be able to make a decision in the not too distant future.

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Bloc

Gilles Duceppe Laurier—Sainte-Marie, QC

Mr. Speaker, here is my question of the week for the leader or deputy leader of the government in the House: what is on the legislative menu for the coming days?

Business Of The House
Oral Question Period

3 p.m.

Saint-Léonard
Québec

Liberal

Alfonso Gagliano Minister of Labour and Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, first of all, the House will not be sitting tomorrow because of the Bloc Quebecois convention. I would, on this occasion, like to wish my colleague, the member for Laurier-Sainte-Marie, good luck and to congratulate him in advance.

The precise configuration of the business for next week depends on the receipt of a message from the other place with regard to Bill C-70, the harmonized sales tax legislation. If the message is received before the end of the day, I propose that the House deal with it first thing on Monday.

I can definitely inform the House that we will commence consideration of Bill C-82 with respect to financial institutions on Monday. This will be no later than 3 p.m. but it could be earlier if events so transpire. The back-up to this bill on Monday will be Bill C-81.

Our tentative plans are to call the budget debate on Tuesday and Thursday and to do legislation on Wednesday and Friday. This legislation will include the bills that I have already mentioned as well as matters that have been on the agenda this week.

If the message from the Senate does not arrive in a timely manner, I will have to revise these plans and will advise members accordingly.