-it will follow the example set by the previous government and extend the paving of that highway north. As I pointed out, this is very important to the people in that area and all the people to the south right down to the southern part of the United States.
I have a few words to say about the C.B.C. and the National Film Board and when I say "a few words" I mean just that. Under the present policy for television broadcasting we find that there is an unequal division between the parties in this house in terms of the time allotted to them for television broadcasting. I maintain that this completely overlooks the wishes of the people who are looking at their TV sets and recognizes the situation only from a political point of view. If political television broadcasts are to be continued I think there should be an equal division among the four major parties in this house and an equal amount of time should be allotted to each to present their views so the Canadian people will get what they are looking for and will be assisted in finding out what the various parties stand for, what their platforms and programs are. I do not think anybody except perhaps those who are in political office will argue the point. If a canvass were made of the listening audience across the country I am sure it would be found the people generally would look most favourably upon a policy under which 25 per cent of the listening time were allotted to each of the four major parties.
Now, just a word about the National Film Board. I seem to be ranging far and wide in my remarks but these are just a few thoughts I have in connection with these various subjects. It has been brought to my attention that the National Film Board will not release the film "The Sceptre and the Mace" through its channels for six months. I think this policy should be scrapped at once. There are many people who for conscience sake never darken a theatre door. This film will be released through commercial theatre circuits for a period of six months before it is released through the circuits of the National Film Board. As I undertsand it this is being done to defray expenses. It is the taxpayer who pays in any case and therefore why should the people who want to see this film
be deprived of seeing it through National Film Board channels for a period of six months or more? Many centres throughout the country lack theatres but many have social groups to whom the National Film Board material could be made available. This film should be shown across Canada while the visit of Her Majesty the Queen is fresh in the minds of the people. I do not see for one moment why we should have to wait for six months to view this film on the pretext that we are trying to save some money through releasing it commercially in the first instance. If we think it is possible to save some money for the National Film Board we should perhaps investigate the possibility of uniting the efforts of the National Film Board and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Possibly we could save enough money by this means that the authorities would not have to worry about the few dollars they will collect through the rental of "The Sceptre and the Mace" and other films.
Another subject I wish to raise is the need of airports. As we travel across the country we see a great need for establishing new airports and extending the facilities of existing ones because registered aircraft in Canada continue to increase rapidly and the miles travelled by people by the medium of airplanes is increasing every day. Also, new applications are being made for charters. I trust that the government will look into the situation a little closer in respect to the seaplane base in Prince George. A lot of the chartered aircraft in the northern areas of British Columbia, as in other parts of the country, take off and land on water and Prince George is one of the chief centres in western Canada in that respect. A good seaplane base at this point is extremely essential.
There was some mention in this house the other day of the Wenner-Gren project. This happens to be considered for construction in the Cariboo riding. It was described by some hon. members as a steal, a give-away program and many other things but I can refer those hon. members who are concerned about it to three documents, the memorandum of agreement of 1956, the one dated in October 1957 and other related material that is available for distribution in British Columbia. I would also refer them to the water act of British Columbia which is the key to all these agreements. Hon. members of the
C.C.F. party have been inclined to throw cold water on the proposed construction to be brought into being in the Cariboo riding at what is known as the Rocky Mountain trench. I have before me a clipping from
the Ottawa Journal dated April 2, 1957 and I would like to read a part of it for the benefit of those hon. members. The article has reference to a pulp agreement in Saskatchewan and says in part:
Under the agreement, the American group is given an option on 12,000 square miles of crown-owned spruce, fir, jackpine and poplar forests. Construction of the mill, with a minimum production of 300 tons daily, would start before September 1.
This announcement was made by A. G. Kuziak, natural resources minister of the Saskatchewan government. It seems to me that the members of the Saskatchewan government know on what side their bread is buttered as do some of the rest of us, and jealously will get these people nowhere. The people I represent in British Columbia are very happy about this proposition and they are the ones who live in that country. They are developing that country and they are the pioneers whose children today are engaged in the fields of engineering, surveying and so on which are the keys to prosperity in our province. We are looking forward to great things happening in the Cariboo riding.
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