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View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
There was some terminology that was used today that really hurt me, not because I have a dish or anything like that, or because I'm receiving illegal signals, but such terms as theft, piracy, fraud, and so on hurt me because it's hurting my constituents.
I happen to live in a part of Canada that is growing more and more organically produced crops. The only way they can get a market update is from the U.S. So you go around in my constituency and you will see that there are two things that this signal is there for. One is because it's their livelihood. Secondly, there is the weather. I myself have a $10 radio on top of the fridge that I'll tune into an FM station, which comes from about 45 to 50 miles away, and I'll get a modern update on the weather that is much more accurate than what comes out of Winnipeg.
Don't forget, there's a reason. For these people it's their livelihood. It's their bread and butter. This is not provided for them in Canada. That's the reason, Mr. Chairman, I am hurt. These people are not pirates, they're not thieves or anything else; they're outstanding Canadian citizens. They're trying to make a living.
I was really hurt by those terms. I just wanted to make that comment.
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
I have a quick question. With the number of cables or programs potentially coming in, as you've mentioned, Paul, from Chile and so on--the Arab, the Italian--it's unlimited really. I think electronically you will see that happening. The question is directly this: CRTC has some control over the content and the programming of the cable programs that come into my house. I found out the other day that Global News wasn't very good news. I don't know why. I never watched it. Will CRTC have any control whatsoever of the television programs such as the one you're bringing in from Chile?
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
It has nothing to do with programming.
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you, Ms. Mitchell.
In most environmental issues you'll get two very distinct, different sides and opinions. But when it comes to the topic you have discussed with us today, that's not likely to happen, because it's so evident from everyone in Canada I've come across that there is a real problem with water, not only in the Great Lakes, but drinking water across Canada. And you're involved with that.
I have a question. You mentioned disposing of pharmaceutical drugs. I've often read you don't throw them in the landfill and don't flush them down the toilet. Did I hear you say that's not a good idea as well?
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you. I had to get that one in.
The question I have for you is when you're working with our counterparts in the United States, are the monitoring, frame of reference, and the testing standardized? When the reports come out, their report and the Canadian report, do they balance out because they have the same criteria, testing, and so on?
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Another question I have in that regard is, in the testing and monitoring that obviously your department oversees, do we have private companies doing this? Is it government companies, or government scientific groups? Who does this?
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
No. I have a statement to make at the end.
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Mr. Chairman, I want to say farewell to you and the members of the committee, although not very many are here, because I will not be back next week, and I will not be sitting on another committee on the environment. I've jumped from committee to committee, and I must tell you, sir, that this is indeed the most enjoyable committee I've sat on. I've enjoyed it very much, and I wish you well.
My CEO said “You're coming home to stay.”
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Mr. Minister, thank you for coming.
I read with interest some of the material last night, when I had some time. I need some explanation, however, of matters under your portfolio concerning the border infrastructure fund. To me, with the border infrastructure fund, we're talking about security at border points along the way, and I have nine of them in my constituency; I think that's more border points of interest than for any other MP. I'm not quarrelling about the $600 million you plan to spend, but I have difficulty seeing where this particular phase of building the roads, building the control measures, building the houses, the stations, and so on has anything to do with infrastructure. It seems to me that it belongs to customs or other departments, rather than infrastructure. I just want your comment on that, then I'll have a question a little later.
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
I spent at least three days of the break we had dealing with matters that were more provincial than federal, because the provincial House was sitting. That comes to the point you brought up on federal, provincial, and municipal and the control of safe drinking water. This has been before our committee before. We don't seem to have any particular standards. Even within each province, I find that there are no standards. You'd go to this village, to the next village, and a different standard had been given to the people to comply with. We don't seem to have a national standard. I find from the work over the last week that we don't have a provincial standard. So of course, each municipality gets jogged into being told what their standard is.
Can you enlighten me on the water standards as far as potable water for Canadians is concerned?
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to follow along somewhat the same lines. On page 2, under “Federal Involvement”, there are different headings: “Program”, “Federal Funding”, “Funding Period”, “Department”, and in the last column, “Amount levered”. Could you explain what that last column means?
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
Okay. I'd like you to look at that same page, where it says “Prairie Grain Roads”. Now, if you're going to have prairie grain roads, you're going to involve the municipal government and you're obviously going to involve the provincial government and the federal government.
Under “Federal Funding”, it says $175 million, correct?
View Roy Bailey Profile
CPC (SK)
That's over a period of five years, as I see it, and it's under Agriculture Canada.
Now, who gets the credit for these roads, Agriculture Canada or Infrastructure Canada, and who's funding them?
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