In my opinion there has been a reflection on the C.B.C. It has been said it yielded to pressure. That is the claim, as far as I am concerned; and it constitutes in my view a serious reflection on the corporation. While I am speaking on this particular subject I would remind both the government and the opposition that with regard to time allotted for political purposes, a partisan view is very evident and we have objected to this state of affairs for a long time.
As to the matter of planted questions, this is a practice which has been going on for a long time, and both major parties of the house have been equally responsible during the periods when they have held office. It has been going on during all the eight years I have been here.
As far as I am concerned, this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black, and it depends, in my view, on whose ox is getting gored as to who does the squealing. We have also found here that if we are going to agree with the minister that this was not government policy, then we must also agree with the Leader of the Opposition, who says
it is propaganda. It cannot be both propaganda and policy. The Leader of the Opposition says it is propaganda; the minister says it was not government policy, so we have to take it from there.
Subtopic: MR. NIELSEN STATEMENT BY TRANSPORT MINISTER ON TELEVISION RATHER THAN IN HOUSE