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View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
I did not have a chance to do a sound check.
Would you like me to do a song and dance to fill this time?
View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
Mr. Chair, I have a suggestion. Perhaps the translator who translated into English simultaneously with Monique could just pose the question in English to the minister.
View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
He's doing it now.
View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
Did you cede it to me? Just checking.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The bill introduces conditions of service, and this amendment applies a seven-year maximum on conditions of service, the same term that currently applies to licences under the existing act.
Conditions of service should be subject to periodic mandatory review. The organizations that supported this were the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expression and la Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma.
I hope the committee will support this amendment.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
This amendment specifies that the CRTC could make orders that impose official languages conditions.
Specifically, this amendment adds that the CRTC may impose conditions of service respecting the proportion of original language programs to be broadcast in each official language.
The bill currently has a long list of what the CRTC can make these orders about, but official languages were not included in the first version of the bill. It's important to ensure the presentation of original French language content in particular. This amendment would give the CRTC greater ability to ensure that original language presentation is occurring in both official languages.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Originally, this was to ensure that the French language was included. They said my original draft was inadmissible. That's why we went for both official languages.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Mr. Chair, I proposed this amendment because a small number of big broadcasters control access to broadcasting and disproportionately impose their conditions on independent producers. The Yale report noted this major “power imbalance” and recommended that the CRTC regulate these relationships.
This amendment adds that that the CRTC may impose conditions of service to establish a framework for contractual practices between broadcasters and independent producers. A framework would serve as a tool to better support independent producers in contract negotiations. This amendment is related to amendment PV-23, which would also enable the creation of regulations to establish contractual frameworks.
The organizations that supported this are the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association.
I hope committee members will support this amendment.
Thank you.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Sure.
A contractual framework would set some parameters around how these contracts would be set up between the big broadcasters and independent producers. As the Yale report identifies, this is a power imbalance, and it's something that has been identified as needing to be fixed.
It would be up to the CRTC to determine what that framework looked like.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The bill adds that the broadcasting system should be regulated in a flexible manner that “is fair and equitable” between undertakings that provide “services of a similar nature”, taking size variations into account, but “services of a similar nature” is too vague. It would result in the CRTC, the commission, grouping together services that are different enough to warrant different regulation.
This amendment replaces the paragraph so that regulations should take “into account the nature and diversity of the services”. It takes into account “their size” but also their “impact on the Canadian creative and production ecosystem”.
The organization that supported this was the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. I hope the members of the committee will support this amendment.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Yes, I just want to note, on the Bloc amendment, PV-24 covers the things in the Bloc amendment that are missing in this amendment. I divided out the amendments to different parts of the bill, so we're going to hit on that amendment later on, which will pick up on BQ-12.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Mr. Chair, the bill replaces seven-year licence terms with terms that are indefinite or fixed by the CRTC. This amendment maintains the current seven-year maximum licence term. It enables the CRTC to amend the licence on its own initiative without needing application from the licensee. A term setting the duration of a licence is necessary to ensure predictability of conditions for all players in the system.
The amendment has been supported by the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma and Forum for Research and Policy in Communications.
I hope the committee members will support this amendment.
View Paul Manly Profile
GP (BC)
Yes. I want to second what Mr. Waugh has said. The review process is when you have to document everything for the CRTC and actually prove that you have done what the licence requires you to do. Otherwise, you're in a complaint-driven process in which complaints might or might not be heard, but there is no comprehensive review of whether broadcasters are actually following through on what they said they would do.
View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
View Elizabeth May Profile
GP (BC)
I'm so excited. I have a quick one for Dr. Kershaw.
I'm very interested in the tax announced in the budget, the non-resident, non-Canadian vacant house tax.
I would like your take on that.
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