Canada, Senate Debates, “Special Joint Committee—Televising of Proceedings”, 32nd Parl, 1st Sess (12 November 1980)

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Date: 1980-11-12
By: Canada (Parliament)
Citation: Canada, Senate Debates, 32nd Parl, 1st Sess, 1980 at 1201-1202.
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Hon. Jacques Flynn (Leader of the Opposition): Honour-
able senators, I do not know if this question will be objected to
by the deputy leader, but l would ask the joint chairman of the
special joint committee whether or not the decision not to
telcvise the proceedings of the committee is final.

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Hon. Royce Frith (Deputy Leader of the Government):
That question clearly deals with the activities of the committee
and, for what it’s worth, my Opinion IS that it is a perfectly
proper question.
Hon. Harry Hays: To answer the question by the Leader of
the Opposition, the ball is now in the House of Commons‘
court, and we are awaiting their decision. There has been no
change insofar as the committee is concerned. We voted not to
televise the proceedings, and that is the way it stands at the
Senator Flynn: The honourable joint chairman says that the
ball is in the House of Commons’ court. Would he explain that
to me. I am not too sure what exactly he has in mind.
Senator Hays: I should say “both houses.” l suppose that
they would have to indicate that the proceedings of the com~
mittee should be televised, and probably that would imply,
that the Senate would have to make the same sort of ruling.
Senator Flynn: You are not referring to the fact that the
ouse of Commons has more in?uence on the committee than
the Senate? Of course, as we know, it has more members.
Senator Hays: I would hope that that will never be the case.
While I am on my feet, honourable senators, I should like to
announce that over the weekend Senator Bielish was greatly
honoured in the‘ Province of Alberta. They are going to hang
her photograph in the Agricultural Hall of Fame. We are very
proud of her.
Hon. Senators: Hear, hear.

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