March 3, 1944

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I doubt if it would be possible to deal with the financial provisions of it. There may be other aspects of a bill that might be dealt with, but the financial provisions of a health insurance bill would necessarily be considered in relation to financial provisions respecting other measures as well', and that is a very large subject. I doubt if it would be possible to have it considered at Easter time.

Hon. IAN A. MACKENZIE (Minister of Pensions and National Health): With further reference to the question asked by the hon. member for Parkdale and the hon. leader of the opposition, and supplementing the reply of the Prime Minister, may I say that the dominion council of health will meet in the next six weeks or two months to discuss as many features as possible of the departmental proposals regarding national health.

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE
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Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

The dominion council of health?

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE
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Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

Yes, with the provincial governments represented.

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
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RADIO BROADCASTING

ADDRESS OP MR. PHILPOTT-NEWS COMMENTATORS


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):

On Monday, February 28, I directed certain questions to the Minister of National War Services in regard to the control and censorship of news commentators, and in particular Mr. Philpott in reference to the McNaughton case. The minister undertook to give me a reply. I brought up the matter again a day or so later. Is the minister in a position now to give me an answer to these questions?

Hon. L. R. LaFLECHE (Minister of National War Services): I brought some information to the house this afternoon, but the hon. member for Lake Centre asked this question before I had the opportunity of giving him the information he asked for the other day. I wish to table a copy of Mr. Elmore Philpott's week-end review of February 20, 1944.

In regard to the matter of censorship, I have looked it up and I shall read into the record directive No. 1, to be found in the censorship directives handbook which was tabled in this house on January 28, 1944. It is headed "Onus of Responsibility," and is as follows:

Broadcasters are reminded that the full' onus of responsibility for observance of the defence

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of Canada regulations, in so far as they affect radio, is vested in them. To this end, every precaution should be taken to safeguard against the broadcast of any information likely to help the enemy, or inimical to the national interest. Irrespective of their position or function, all speakers should be fully familiarized with the censorship restrictions now or hereafter in force.

Broadcasters in all categories should be thoroughly conversant with the censorship requirements in order that all danger of violation may be reduced to an absolute minimum.

Information was sought also on the point of "the limitations short of censorship placed on the commentator." I find nothing explicit in that connection. But I understand that the limitations are those of good taste and good judgment, and, of course, observance of any C.B.C. regulation which may be applicable to any case in point.

I am advised that the script in question was not sent to Ottawa. I surmised that the other day; I now confirm it. I am told that no one in Vancouver read through Mr. Philpott's script before it was broadcast.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   ADDRESS OP MR. PHILPOTT-NEWS COMMENTATORS
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NAT

Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. GRAYDON:

Has the department or the CB.C. under consideration any tightening of the regulations which would prevent a recurrence of an incident of this kind?

Mr. LaPLECHE: I cannot speak explicitly; I do not know. But perhaps what has happened in this case will move them to consider the point.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   ADDRESS OP MR. PHILPOTT-NEWS COMMENTATORS
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Thomas Miller Bell

Mr. COLD WELL:

I should like to ask the minister a supplementary question, if I may. Have the regulations regarding the broadcasting of addresses before political organizations over private radio stations been changed?

Mr. LaFLECHE: I think this question had better stand as a notice.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   ADDRESS OP MR. PHILPOTT-NEWS COMMENTATORS
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LABOUR CONDITIONS

MONTREAL TRAMWAYS EMPLOYEES-QUESTION AS TO INVESTIGATION


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Angus MacInnis

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

Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East):

I should like to ask the Minister of Labour if the department has appointed a commissioner to investigate the recent tramway troubles in Montreal, and if so has a report been made to the department?

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS EMPLOYEES-QUESTION AS TO INVESTIGATION
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LIB

Humphrey Mitchell (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Hon. HUMPHREY MITCHELL (Minister of Labour):

The Department of Labour did not appoint a commissioner to investigate the tramway troubles in Montreal. What actually happened was the government of Quebec asked that we lend them one of our conciliators to serve with one of theirs to report on the situation in Montreal.

Topic:   LABOUR CONDITIONS
Subtopic:   MONTREAL TRAMWAYS EMPLOYEES-QUESTION AS TO INVESTIGATION
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SIXTH VICTORY LOAN

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE AND OBJECTIVE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance)

Liberal

Mr. D. C. ABBOTT (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance):

Topic:   SIXTH VICTORY LOAN
Subtopic:   ANNOUNCEMENT OF DATE AND OBJECTIVE
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REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON FEBRUARY 28

March 3, 1944