July 14, 1947

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Pierre Gauthier

Liberal

Mr. GAUTHIER (Portneuf):

Where did you get it?

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

Hold your horses. I will come to that. In case anyone thinks I am only fabricating a case and that I should have brought it to the attention of the chairman of the committee or some other government official

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

I am not a government official.

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

-I want the house to know that, when it was discovered that this was the situation a letter was written which confirms my statements. I have a copy of this letter now and I should like to read it:

61 Marlowe Crescent, Ottawa, 9/7/47. '

Mr. R. Maybank,

Chairman,

Committee on Radio Broadcasting,

House of Commons,

Ottawa.

Dear Sir:-

On reading section 11 of the minutes of Proceedings and Evidence (Page 497) I note that the chairman of the board of governors, Mr. I Linton, stated, in replying to a question asked by committee member Fulton, that he was under the impression that no written brief was presented by the writer on the occasion of appealing before the board to make formal application for a broadcasting license in the city of Ottawa.

In order to correct any misunderstanding on this matter I am accompanying this communication with a copy of the submission made to the board by myself on the above mentioned occasion. You will note that it consists of a brief together with letters of endorsation bound together in one folder. Copies were submitted to the chairman, members of the board, Dr. Frigon and Mr. Manson.

That letter is signed by the applicant.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

Will the hon. member permit one question?

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

No, not at this particular point. Wait until I am finished with this paragraph. So that by that letter an opportunity was given to make a statement to explain why the brief was not tabled. That explanation has not been given either publicly, to date, or privately, because I know that no answer has been received to that letter.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

This is my question, if the hon. member will now permit it. Am I to understand that there is any suggestion here that I withheld something from the committee that should have been presented to the committee? Is that his suggestion?

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

No.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

Thank you. That is all I wanted to know.

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

I said that this letter was addressed to the chairman of the committee so that it cannot be said that I have kept these facts secret and am now trotting them out without giving the government a chance.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

Nor does the hon.

member mean to suggest that the chairman of the committee had it and withheld it? Does he?

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

No.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

Thank you. That is all I want to be sure of.

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

That was not suggested nor was it stated. The statement I make is that the chairman of the committee had this letter and had it on July 9, so that there was an opportunity to investigate the whole matter.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

That is just the point. On a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker, if the charge is that I had the letter which the hon. member has read, or anything he has now referred to, from Mr. Shearer, before the committee had closed, I say now that is not true.

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

I did not say before the committee had closed.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

Before there was an opportunity of dealing with it.

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

On the 9th of July.

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Ralph Maybank

Liberal

Mr. MAYBANK:

Well, all right-

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Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

This letter was addressed and left in the office of the chairman of the radio committee, so that there has. been an opportunity to explain, either privately or publicly, the facts I am now laying before the house, and that explanation has not been given. If the hon. member wants to give the explanation I shall be glad to have him explain it.

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July 14, 1947