June 8, 1936

PROVISION FOR NATIONAL BROADCASTING SERVICE AND REPEAL OF ACT OF 1932


Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Marine) moved that the house go into committee to-morrow to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to bring in a measure to provide for the constitution of a corporation to be known as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for the purpose of carrying^ on a national broadcasting service in Canada in the place and stead of the present Canadian radio broadcasting commission, to provide for honorariums, remuneration, salaries and other expenses incidental thereto, to authorize the governor in council to make certain advances for purposes therein mentioned, and to repeal the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act, 1932. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

WEDNESDAY EVENING SITTINGS

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) moved:

That on Wednesday the 10th instant and subsequent Wednesdays to the end of the session the sittings shall in every respect be under the same rules provided for other days.

He said: Mr. Speaker, in giving notice of this motion I had in mind that it might be possible some hon. members would find it inconvenient to have the house sit on Wednesday evening of this week in which event I shall be pleased to amend the resolution to begin evening sittings on Wednesday, one week hence, which will be June 17. However, if it suits the general convenience of the house, I am prepared to move the resolution as it stands.

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Richard Smeaton White

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

What about morning sittings?

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, prior to this notice appearing on the order paper I had made arrangements that would involve the absence from this chamber on Wednesday evening of this week of myself and all those

Privilege-Miss Macphail

who are associated with me. If this motion were amended to read Wednesday, June 17, it would be greatly appreciated. Had I known that it was proposed to make this motion I would have made other arrangements, and I greatly regret having made those that I did.

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Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

To those within sound of my voice it is abundantly clear that social entertainment .interferes in no small degree with parliamentary duties. I would suggest to the right hon. gentleman-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

-either to cancel his engagement, postpone it, or remove himself gently from the picture in order that the session be prorogued to-night.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I take full responsibility for the motion in the form in which it appears. The leader of the opposition is I feel quite justified in asking that at least a week's latitude be allowed before beginning Wednesday evening sittings. I regret not having consulted him before placing the motion on the order paper. I would suggest that it be amended to read Wednesday, the 17th instant, and subsequent Wednesdays, and that it be passed in that form.

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Richard Smeaton White

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

What about morning sittings?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I think it is perhaps a little too early to begin morning sittings. We hope to make progress by taking Wednesday nights.

Motion as amended agreed to.

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On the orders of the day: Miss AGNES C. MACPHAIL (Grey-Bruce): I rise to a question of privilege. My attention has been called to a statement alleged to have been made-it is in quotations-by Premier Hepburn, appearing in the Ottawa Journal of June 2, at page 11, in which, discussing compensation for the family of Constable John Lewis, who was slain by Norman "Red" Ryan in Sarnia on May 23, Mr. Hepburn, the Premier of Ontario, is reported to have said: We are not involved in any way. He was let out of the penitentiary because he was the "pet" of R. B. Bennett, Senator Mullins and Miss Agnes Macphail. We had nothing to do with paroling the man.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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Agnes Campbell Macphail

United Farmers of Ontario-Labour

Miss MACPHAIL:

I do not believe that anyone really thinks this is funny, for it undoubtedly had most unfortunate consequences, resulting as it did in the death of Constable John Lewis. I have borne a good deal of

adverse criticism about my activities in relation to penitentiaries, and in this matter I thought I ought to make it clear so far as I am concerned. I did not intercede on behalf of Norman "Red" Ryan. I asked Mr. Gallagher, chief of remission service, whether he would go through the files and give me a statement, which I should like to put on Hansard. I have received from him the following letter dated June 6, 1936:

Dear Madam:

Complying with your request, I have had the departmental records very carefully examined to ascertain 'whether you had, at any time, intervened, or asked for clemency on behalf of Norman, or "Red" Ryan.

As a result of our diligent search. I may definitely assure you that we have found no trace whatever of any communication from you in this case.

Yours respectfully.

M. E. Gallagher,

Chief of Remission Service.

I have no desire to blame anyone or to say anything further; I simply wish to make it perfectly clear to the house and the country that at no time did I intercede on behalf of Norman Ryan.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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BANK OF CANADA

June 8, 1936