Mr. James A. McGrath (St. John's East):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I hope, Sir, that as the custodian of our ancient rights and privileges in this House you will hear my point of order. It concerns yesterday's Votes and Proceedings which record your ruling on the petition presented by me under Standing Order 67. The rationale of that ruling was that the petition concerned a matter over which parliament by statute had delegated control to the Canadian Radio-Television Commission. Various precedents were cited in support. However, in determining whether this House has divested itself of control it is the appropriate statute to which one must refer. The precedents are an aid in the interpretation of the statute. Parliament never gave up control of the CRTC. Section 32 of the Broadcasting Act provides:
All expenditures for the purposes of this part-
That is the part that constitutes the CRTC and sets out its jurisdiction.
-shall be paid for out of moneys appropriated by parliament therefor.
I make this point of order in recognition of your ruling and the observation that the right of the people to petition "is a very ancient and historical right" which should not be-and here I quote Shakespeare-"cabined, cribbed or confined" in any way by precedents decided on particulars.
Subtopic: PETITION RESPECTING ADVERTISING ON CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS