House of Commons Hansard #143 of the 36th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was agency.

Topics

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

The Speaker

The member for Dauphin—Swan River has the floor.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:40 p.m.

Reform

Inky Mark Dauphin—Swan River, MB

Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister just cannot stand dissent. Just ask the former chair of the committee on fisheries or the former chief actuary of the CPP fund or students at APEC or Terry Milewski.

This House should know that the Prime Minister has introduced a bill that will allow him to fire—I say again fire—the president and every director of the CBC—

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

The Speaker

Colleagues, we are taking up a lot of time with my standing and sitting. I would prefer that we listen to the questions and, of course, listen to the answers.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Inky Mark Dauphin—Swan River, MB

Mr. Speaker, members of the House should know that the Prime Minister has introduced a bill that will allow him to fire—and I say again fire—the president and every director of the CBC without cause.

Who is in line to be the next CBC president? Peter Donolo?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Hull—Aylmer
Québec

Liberal

Marcel Massé President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Infrastructure

Mr. Speaker, the law of the CBC is quite clear and I quoted article 46(5) yesterday, which says that the society has, in the implementation of its mission and the exercise of its powers, freedom of expression and total independence in terms of journalism, creation and programming.

That is the position of the government.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Inky Mark Dauphin—Swan River, MB

Mr. Speaker, could we imagine the APEC coverage if the Prime Minister's office was running the CBC? Jean Carle would be the news director and if Jason Moscovitz said anything controversial they would immediately cut to a commercial. Peter Mansbridge's newscast would be a lot shorter because Ivan Whitehall would read it first and cross out anything embarrassing.

Why is the Prime Minister trying to control the CBC? Whatever happened to freedom of the press?

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Hamilton East
Ontario

Liberal

Sheila Copps Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Speaker, I am very happy to get some advice from the Reform Party on the CBC because in its last policy paper the Reform Party had a plan for the CBC. It was to abolish it.

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

October 27th, 1998 / 2:45 p.m.

Bloc

Stéphane Bergeron Verchères, QC

Mr. Speaker, in the interview he gave to La Presse , the Prime Minister explained that his one-step-at-a-time strategy was the right one, because it avoided stirring up what he called regional squabbling and jealousies.

How can the Prime Minister get worked up today about regional jealousies when the demands of Quebec are involved, when that was precisely the strategy he used, and made the most of, when it came time to causing the failure of the Meech Lake Accord?

The Constitution
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Saint-Laurent—Cartierville
Québec

Liberal

Stéphane Dion President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

Mr. Speaker, it is hardly appropriate for the Bloc Quebecois to talk about jealousy. That party is here in the House only to defend the interests of a single province, with no solidarity whatsoever with the others and, by so doing, it unfortunately sometimes encourages the same attitude in other parties.

What both Quebeckers and all Canadians need is for there to be an opposition some day—for the Liberals are governing very well—that will be able to reconcile regional interests among themselves, as we within this government, and this party, manage to do.

Scrapie
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Liberal

Denis Coderre Bourassa, QC

Mr. Speaker, Quebec sheep farmers are experiencing an untenable situation at the present time, because of scrapie.

Can the Minister of Agriculture explain to us what the Government of Canada is doing, and will do, to help this important industry in Quebec?

Scrapie
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Prince Edward—Hastings
Ontario

Liberal

Lyle Vanclief Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Mr. Speaker, I am continuing to work with the sheep industry and the unfortunate situation that some of them are in.

I was pleased to announce this morning that we have increased the maximum cap for animals having to be destroyed because of this disease from $300 to $600 per animal.

This is in addition to the nearly $2 million which will be paid to producers affected by this disease in Quebec in the last year or so. In addition, we are putting close to $400,000 in place for research, to assist in the funding of an animal identification program in Canada and to implement a flock certification program. As well, the Farm Credit Corporation has put in place a 24 month deferred loan program to assist these producers.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:45 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Mr. Speaker, I allege three things.

Number one, that the Prime Minister or his office was involved in using the RCMP to suppress Canadians' freedom of speech at APEC.

Number two, I allege that the Prime Minister or his office is involved in the continuing work against the commission.

Number three, I allege that the CBC legislation pending is because the Prime Minister did not like the CBC coverage of the APEC affair.

Will he give us an independent inquiry to show my allegations to be untrue?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, in 1988 parliament decided how to deal with citizens' complaints against the RCMP. It created the Public Complaints Commission. It has operated effectively for 10 years. That is the way parliament decided to deal with such situations and that is what is happening now.

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Reform

Jim Abbott Kootenay—Columbia, BC

Mr. Speaker, once again the solicitor general does not know what he is talking about.

This commission was derailed in the spring. This commission was derailed in September. This commission is currently derailed because of allegations against the chair. The only thing that has not happened to this commission is a decent burial.

Will the solicitor general give Canadians what they want and what they must have, the truth about APEC and the Prime Minister's involvement in stopping Canadians' freedom of expression?

Apec Inquiry
Oral Question Period

2:50 p.m.

Fredericton
New Brunswick

Liberal

Andy Scott Solicitor General of Canada

Mr. Speaker, the Public Complaints Commission will get to the truth exactly the way parliament intended it be done.