Mr. F. Oberle (Prince George-Peace River):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to take this opportunity to bring to the attention of the House a matter causing most serious concern to many of my constituents and other Canadians living in northern Canada.
We in the North pity those who, for whatever reason, must live and work in the concrete jungles of the South. We even have a degree of compassion and understanding for those who, from time to time, defy their herd instinct to venture out in pursuit of the preservation of the balance of nature in the rest of Canada, their understanding of which comes from Farley Mowatt's storybooks.
Therefore, my concern is more over the treatment by the CBC of the events which occur when the cry goes out to save the seals or, more recently, to save the wolves. CBC French and English networks, in anticipation of a possible protest against the wolf hunt in northern British Columbia, arrived, ten persons strong, in Fort Nelson, well ahead of the five-person protest group, obviously not to report on the event but to stage it.
My constituents in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John are being used to manipulate public opinion against a government sponsored program to save other wildlife and domestic farm animals from an over abundant wolf population. Money appears to be no object. The reporters have no difficulty chartering helicopters and other aircraft to dramatize every move of the protesters.
Surely the Minister of Communications (Mr. Fox) will have to review the CBC's mandate, in view of the practice to engage in advocacy reporting of such events, to assure that both the national interest-
Subtopic: CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
Sub-subtopic: COVERAGE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA WOLF HUNT PROTEST