Mr. E. J. GARLAND (Bow River):
It must be gratifying to the house to find itself in such fairly close agreement on this matter of the use of radio facilities for election purposes. I appreciate very much the generous attitude that has been taken by the leaders of both the major political parties. I hope they will see to it that there is justice for all political parties in the use of radio. The one to which I happen to belong is not possessed of the necessary funds to undertake any extensive use of the radio, and in all probability it will be confined pretty much to local stations. I would like to direct the attention of the government and the leader of the opposition tc the fact that the total cost of election of all the members from the province of Alberta who sit in this section of the house did not exceed that of two national chain hook-ups It is out of the question for us to finance that sort of thing. I agree with the hon. member for West Edmonton (Mr. Stewart) and approve of the suggestion he made. I disagree with the attitude of the hon. member for Dorchester (Mr. Gagnon), who, I think, has not given this matter the consideration he usually gives to such questions. After due consideration I am satisfied that he would accept as fair the idea that there should be one national broadcast at the beginning of the election campaign when the manifestoes of the three parties are put on the air, and there should be one at the close of the campaign from the major parties in the country. I believe those broadcasts should be free of charge to the parties concerned. I have no objection to the house entering into an arrangement for defraying any necessary overhead caused to the commission, but I do approve of the proposal that there should be a free initial broadcast and a free closing broadcast for all major political parties.
Subtopic: RADIO BROADCASTING