Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):
I should like to ask a question, of the Minister of National War Services. During the holidays I was in Saskatchewan and I found that in that province applications for sales of shares of companies to operate new radio stations at Prince Albert and Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, are being asked for. I am informed that a similar campaign is going on in Alberta. The other day I directed a question regarding this matter to the Minister of Munitions and Supply, and now I wish to direct a question to the Minister of National War Services. Has the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation made any recommendation to the -minister regarding the issue of licences for the operation of new radio stations at the places I have named, and before such licences are issued are the public to have an opportunity to make representations as to whether or not licences should be issued in those provinces?
Hon, L. R. LaFLECHE (Minister of National War Services): I have great
pleasure in confirming what my colleague the Minister of Munitions and Supply (Mr. Howe) said the other day, that the board of governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has not recommended the issue of licences for stations at Prince Albert, Gravelbourg and Edmonton. I trust that my reassurance will be accepted by my hon. friend. As to persons having an opportunity to make known to the board of governors their views on the matter, anyone who wishes to communicate with them may do so. Certainly if my hon. friend has
something to say he has every right to communicate with the board.
Subtopic: QUESTION AS TO ISSUE OF LICENCES FOR NEW
Sub-subtopic: STATIONS IN SASKATCHEWAN AND ALBERTA