He produces films, as he is
asked by others. As it is now, he receives requests from the various departments to produce certain films. That is practically all he does. He produces the films, but he has nothing to do with their initiation. That comes from the various departments.
The hon. member for Kootenay East (Mr. Stevens) has suggested, in effect, that the Prime Minister should give instructions to the various departments to get together and to coordinate their efforts. That was carefully discussed in council, and the suggestion was made there that the whole organization and the complete preparation of films should be placed in one department. Since the film bureau is now in the Department of Trade and Commerce, it was suggested that it might all be placed under that department. But I will leave it to hon. members, and perhaps I should appeal particularly to those who have been members of a government: We will suppose the Minister of Trade and Commerce is in complete charge, that the Minister of Transport comes along and states he wants a certain film, and that the Minister of Mines and Resources states he wants some other film. All this has to pass the inspection and obtain the approval of the Minister of Trade and Commerce. I say that ministers are human. They are just as jealous of their own rights in their own departments as are other people. I for one, as Minister of Trade and
Commerce, would not like to be placed in the position of having to pass on the application for a picture by this colleague or by that colleague.
Subtopic: NATIONAL FILM BOARD
Sub-subtopic: REVIEW OF GOVERNMENT FILM ACTIVITIES-INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE TO CENTRALIZE DISTRIBUTION