March 18, 1953

LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Tomorrow we shall take up the budget resolutions in the committee of ways and means.

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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Can we not continue this debate and have the committee set up?

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Well, we have been trying very hard to do that, but it does not seem to be the wish of the house to set it up right now.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I think it is the wish of the house; and any delay that has been caused has been as a result of the speech that was made yesterday, and wholly unnecessarily. I am referring to the speech by the Minister of Transport (Mr. Chevrier). My understanding is that there is only one speaker, and we might clean it up.

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

It has been the custom in the house to give the mover of a motion an opportunity to say a word in reply.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

All right.

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I have been sitting here all the time. This is the end of three full days of debate. It has never taken that long at any time in the last fifteen years.

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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fulton:

We never had a speech like the Minister of Transport made, either.

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

The Minister of Transport will answer for his own speech. I made a speech on January 27 which outlined, I think, the position the government was taking with relation to the C.B.C. That had to do with the operation, the organization and the management of that corporation. The speech you heard yesterday by the Minister of Transport had to do with that part of the law which comes under the Department of Transport, namely the administration of the Radio Act.

Now, whether that aroused controversy or not is a matter for the decision of individual members. I am glad the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Drew) was refreshed by it. He indicated that he was.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Greatly.

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

And I hope the zephyrs from this side of the house will continue to refresh him. I was going to make some comment respecting his own political speech, because that is what it was. The different speeches we have heard for the last three days, in which there has been criticism, have been both informative and instructive. Now we know the position of the Tory party with respect to the C.B.C. That has not been its position within the last fifteen years. They were the first to repudiate a former prime minister of this country.

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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker-

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LIB

James Joseph McCann (Minister of National Revenue)

Liberal

Mr. McCann:

I will end it in five minutes, if you want the committee set up.

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George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

I would point out that no one has suggested that the minister should not speak. On the contrary we are very hopeful that he will. May I say to the minister that I can assure him it was the decision of this party that they were quite prepared to have had the committee set up yesterday,

Special Committee on Broadcasting if it had not been for the speech made by a member of the government.

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Mr. Speaker, if it is the sincere desire of everyone to set up the committee, why not forget about the clock, let the minister speak for ten minutes, and complete the debate? Have we unanimous consent for that?

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LIB

Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

If the hon. member for Cape Breton South (Mr. Gillis) agrees.

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Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. Gillis:

Well, I adjourned the debate. However, I have no desire to hold up procedure, if the house wishes to hear the minister. I am quite prepared to have it wound up today.

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Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLure:

I have waited here all day to say something, and now we find the debate is adjourned. But when the matter comes up again I will have something to say about it. I sat on the original committee in 1932, and I wish to correct a few errors that have been made about it.

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LIB

Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

Mr. Fournier (Hull):

Budget resolutions tomorrow.

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Winfield Chester Scott McLure

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McLure:

The debate has been already adjourned.

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March 18, 1953