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View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I don't know if I'm allowed to make a comment at this stage.
The amendments proposed by Mr. Waugh and the Conservative Party have only one objective. We agree on the principle—
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair, for allowing me to ask the minister some questions. Thank you, Mr. Minister, for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and talk to us.
You have taken the time to talk to us about a new bill to amend the Broadcasting Act. My questions are going to focus on that sector in particular, and my colleagues will continue by asking questions related to our study.
You say you want to make sure that digital media can contribute, like our conventional media, to the Canadian landscape. Could you confirm that Canadian media all invest 5% of their gross revenues in the Canada media fund?
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CPC (QC)
We're talking about 5% roughly speaking. That's the figure we usually hear everywhere. Can you confirm that?
Your senior colleagues seem to be signalling yes.
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CPC (QC)
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
That's perfect. Thank you.
During the press conference, Mr. Minister, you pointed out that your bill would result in nearly $1 billion in additional investment by major players in the digital world, such as Netflix and Spotify.
Could you explain how you do this calculation, because when you go through the 55 pages of this bill, there is no mention of a percentage that would guarantee such an investment. The various newspaper articles indicate that it's more like $830 million. When we, on our side, talk to these players, they do not tell us the same figures at all.
So I'd like to know how we can have access to your calculation.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Why not just put it in the bill instead of dumping it onto the CRTC? This means that money won't be granted for nine months or more.
What prevented you from putting it in the bill, to ensure that these players in the sector will be treated in the same way as the current players, in all fairness?
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CPC (QC)
Perfect. Thank you.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Okay.
Nothing in the proposed bill guarantees that a percentage of the production of Canadian content will be in French, as you wish.
When Ms. Joly filed the agreement with Netflix, she was strongly criticized by all the players, according to whom she had done nothing to protect one of the country's two official languages. And yet, you put a lot of emphasis on indigenous people, racialized people, LGBTQ+, among others; you took the time to point that out. What guarantee do Canadian francophones across the country, and not only in Quebec, have that there will be equitable production of French-language content, according to the current wording of the bill?
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Minister, I'm going to stop you there—
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
I have one more thing to clarify, and I may not use the two minutes I have. If other people want to speak, they can.
Mr. Minister, in a question I asked you earlier, I was asking you about the calculation of $830 million versus $1 billion, which you provided at the press conference and in the presentation.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Right. I don't want to quibble about whether it is $830 million or $1 billion.
I would like to know whether it would be possible to have access to the calculation method you used or to the data you applied to the conventional media. Can we have access to that information, please?
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Would it also be possible to get those same calculations for the Canada Media Fund? I think they are public anyway.
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CPC (QC)
If we could have that clarification, it would help us understand the dynamics involving conventional media and what you are trying to get, in a fair way, with respect to new digital media.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
That's great, thank you.
I'm done, Mr. Chair.
If other people want to speak, they can.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
I didn't want to take up all the time that was left.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
I have a question about the assistance given to the various small organizations in the regions. For example, country festivals, village festivals and very small museums do not receive annual funding from Canadian Heritage.
How could these organizations, which have no revenue other than their ticket sales, or the proceeds from beer or from the cafeteria, be contacted to access their share of the 20% of the $500 million allocated to them?
As members of Parliament, we have never had access to this specific information, which would have allowed us to pass it on.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
If there was funding for phase 2, it would have been nice if all 338 members of Parliament had access to that information, because I think we are in the best position to inform those organizations, since we know them. They are often volunteers who don't have full-time positions, so it's fine to give them this information, but they don't have the resources to communicate it quickly.
You have access to 338 ambassadors who all love their region and think it is the most beautiful in the world, so I invite you to use us. Few departments did so during the crisis, despite the urgency of communicating with people. This is an appeal that I am making to you, and I hope that it will be heard the next time there is help for people in the cultural sector and for small events, especially in the regions.
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CPC (QC)
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CPC (QC)
I wanted to say the same thing as Ms. Dabrusin. We, the representatives of the four political parties, met to combine our four motions. We reached a consensus. The resulting motion was tabled by Mr. Champoux on behalf of all of us.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Chair, before you listed the six motions, I had raised my hand.
I have two questions.
The first concerns what will happen when we unanimously adopt the motion regarding the study on culture, sports and so on. We don't have much time. Can we propose witnesses before we talk about the other motions or at some other point in the meeting, so that the clerk and his team can quickly call the witnesses?
Second, when we last met, we unanimously adopted all the old motions that you listed.
Mr. Clerk, I believe that a member of my party asked you whether it was appropriate for the motions to have been adopted all at once rather than one at a time. I don't know whether you have any information to give us, but I think that we should have adopted the motions one by one. That way, we would have known which motions we wanted to prioritize.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
There's no specific reason, but I know that some members were concerned about it. I just want to know what decision was made before we establish how we want to prioritize each of the six motions that were grouped together.
We were told that we couldn't adopt the motions all at once, and some people were concerned about this. That said, it's now up to you to decide.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
I completely agree with the two people who spoke before me.
I also suggest that we focus on officials next week. That way, it would be easier for the clerk to organize everything.
I also suggest, as we did during the discussion among the four party representatives last week, that each party set a deadline of next Wednesday for sending the clerk a list of potential witnesses who could appear before the committee and answer our questions. We could take a few minutes to discuss this next Friday, but only if necessary.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Sorry, I have a motion to put forward.
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CPC (QC)
I agree. I think we should do the same thing we're doing for the other motions, meaning, wait until we have a hard copy so we can read them and see whether there's any overlap, and perhaps even consolidate certain motions to produce a final version. That way, we could also propose amendments.
I have two motions, as well. I'd like to read them and make sure the clerk can send them out afterwards.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
It's all right.
I have two motions to put forward, but I'd like to say something first.
I want to be sure we discuss the motions before establishing the list of priorities, once we have them all, by the next meeting.
My first motion is similar to Mrs. Bessette's. We all seem to share the same interests, regardless of political stripe. My motion reads as follows:
That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage conduct a general study of at least 4 meetings on the socio-economic impacts of stakeholders under the Department of Canadian Heritage or benefiting, in one way or another, from the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the organizations therein being subject to:
a) draw up a clear picture of the impacts of the pandemic on their activities;
b) better identify their needs during the current crisis; c) identify gaps in federal aid programs; d) identify more effective support measures better suited to their reality. This study should be completed before the Christmas Break.
My second motion reads as follows:
That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage ask the Minister of Canadian Heritage to appear before the committee, along with Department of Canadian Heritage officials, to discuss the department's main estimates and spending priorities, and that this meeting be held before November 24, 2020.
Those are my two motions, which we will send to you, Mr. Chair.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Yes, exactly. I'd like you to have copies in both official languages, as with the other motions.
As is the case for Mr. Champoux's and Mrs. Bessette's motions—and perhaps other motions we'll be receiving this afternoon—I'd like us to have the opportunity to examine and discuss them with our fellow members and to propose amendments or roll certain motions into one so they can be put on notice together.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
I'm glad Ms. Dabrusin is in favour of doing that. We can at least vote on the motion to get the ball rolling and have the clerk follow up with the minister's office.
I'll read it a second time so it's clear for everyone.
That the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage ask the Minister of Canadian Heritage to appear before the committee, along with Department of Canadian Heritage officials, to discuss the department's main estimates and spending priorities, and that this meeting be held before November 24, 2020.
I can read it in English as well, if you like, but I think everyone has access to interpretation.
View Alain Rayes Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
I'm not sure whether Mr. Champoux is still comfortable with the motion, but if not, I would be happy to amend the end as follows:
that this meeting be held as soon as possible and no later than November 24, 2020.
That is usually how it's done. That would show how important it is to the committee to hold the meeting as soon as possible. With your consent, I propose amending my own motion to hold the meeting as soon as possible and no later than November 24, 2020.
I'm not sure whether I can do that, Mr. Chair. I'm trying to find a compromise that works for everyone.
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