Mr. Heath Macquarrie (Hillsborough):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on what for me is a rare exercise, namely a question of privilege involving a matter which impinges upon or could impinge upon the privileges and effectiveness of all hon. members of this House, and I intend to make a motion for referral of the subject matter to one of the standing committees of the House.
I have in my hand a document from the Department of Communications addressed to the news editors of the radio stations in Canada, which reads as follows:
Radio stations will soon be able to obtain, by simply dialing a telephone number, policy statements of national importance made in the House, at a press conference or in a speech, by the Minister of Communications, Eric Kierans.
The system will allow radio stations anywhere in Canada, where there is a telephone service, to get a recorded statement (60 to 90 seconds) preceded by a service message by dialing a government number in their area.
Subtopic: MR. MACQUARRIE-METHOD OF PUBLICIZING POLICY STATEMENTS BY MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS