March 13, 1942

RADIO BROADCASTING

APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ANNUAL REPORT AND REVIEW POLICIES OF CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

LIB

Joseph Thorarinn Thorson (Minister of National War Services)

Liberal

Hon. J. T. THORSON (Minister of National War Services) moved:

That a select committee be appointed on radio broadcasting to consider the annual report of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and to review the policies and aims of the corporation and its regulations, revenues, expenditures and development, with power to examine and inquire into the matters and things herein referred to and to report from time to time their observations and opinions thereon, and to send for persons, papers and records; and that the said committee shall consist of the following members: Bence, Bertrand (Laurier), Casselman (Edmonton East), Claxton, Coldwell, Douglas (Queens), Fournier (Maisonneuve-Rosemont), Graydon, Hanson (Skeena), Hazen, Homuth, Howe, Isnor, Kuhl, Laflamme, McCann, Mullins, Rennie, Slaght, Telford, Thorson, Tripp and Veniot; and that the presence of at least nine members shall be a quorum of the said committee and that standing order 65 be suspended in relation thereto.

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Motion agreed to.



International Transport


INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT

USE OF CANADIAN HIGHWAYS BY UNITED STATES TRUCKS CARRYING WAR MATERIALS


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Munitions and Supply. Has he seen an article in to-day's issue of the Toronto Globe and Mail blaming him for impeding the flow of war materials by United States trucks to eastern points across Canadian highways? If so, will he inform the house regarding the matters complained of in the article?

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Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Hon. C. D. HOWE (Minister of Munitions and Supply):

Mr. Speaker, I think I saw in

the Ottawa Journal the article to which my hon. friend refers. The subject matter has been outstanding for a long time. A project was undertaken, I think in 1937, to provide for the movement of United States traffic from' Buffalo to Detroit via Canadian highways. The project at that time was and, so far as I know is, at present that a fleet of Canadian trucks would be built and would operate with Canadian gasoline between points across two international boundaries. A bill was introduced in the Senate during the session of 1938 by the sponsors of the project, and the project has been revived from time to time since then. I cannot say why I was selected as the bottleneck, for the matter is not one related to the Ministry of Munitions and Supply, which is my present portfolio, or to the Ministry of Transport, which was my former portfolio. I suppose I figure in the matter only as one member of the government. I may say, however, that the representations have always come from parties interested either in building the trucks or in selling the gasoline or operating a toll bridge or toll tunnel. I have never seen representations from potential users of the service.

We have petitions, signed, I think by every village along the route protesting against this type of traffic on the highways, and I think the reason is obvious: the highways are too narrow for that sort of traffic if the residents alongside are to be permitted to live. The government has not looked upon the proposal with favour. I recall that the gentleman who sponsored the article in question-I have forgotten his name-

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CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

Mr. Campbell.

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LIB

Clarence Decatur Howe (Minister of Munitions and Supply)

Liberal

Mr. HOWE:

-called me by telephone from Detroit some three months ago and said that if I did not agree to the proposal there would be a blast in the newspapers which I would not like. I said, "Thanks very much" and hung up.

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PLEBISCITE ACT


REFERENCE TO EDITORIAL IN TORONTO "GLOBE AND mall" On the orders of the day:


LIB

William Henry Golding

Liberal

Mr. W. H. GOLDING (Huron-Perth):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State. My question is made necessary by statements in an editorial in the Globe and Mail of March 10 dealing with the Plebiscite Act, statements which are erroneous and which, if not corrected, may do great harm in the taking of the plebiscite vote. I quote from the Globe's editorial headed "Voting Qualifications"-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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LIB

Georges Parent (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I do not think this question is one that should be put on the orders of the day. I suggest that the hon. member place it on the order paper.

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LIB

William Henry Golding

Liberal

Mr. GOLDING:

The leader of the opposition must take the responsibility for not having this matter brought to the attention of the house.

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NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Put it on the order paper.

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. N. A. McLARTY (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I do not wish in any way to transgress your ruling, but the hon. member for Huron-Perth (Mr. Golding) notified me of his intention to ask the question. Unfortunately, it is one which I do not think he could put on the order paper; it was merely to correct a misapprehension which has arisen in connection with the Plebiscite Act. For that reason, Mr. Speaker, and because I believe it should be corrected, I would like to make an extremely brief statement.

The suggestion is that in a certain editorial article a statement was carried to the effect that evey person who has applied for postponement of military training, unless it has been refused, is disqualified from voting. I believe that is the question which the hon. member had in mind. I would like to correct this impression. It is not an impression which has been created in any sense wilfully; probably it arose through too brief a reference to the provisions of the act itself.

The only persons disqualified who have applied for postponement are those who have applied under sections 18 and 19 of the regulations made under the National Resources Mobilization Act.

I desired to take the opportunity, sir, to correct any wrong impression which may have otherwise been created.

Wheat Board Act

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March 13, 1942