May 8, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Speaker, the radio commission occupies a somewhat analogous position to that of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada. Parliament makes a grant to the railway commission, and also makes a grant to the radio commission, but in the case of the latter it is, of course, money which has been collected for the purposes for which the commission was to use it. I certainly believed that it was not desirable in this house to discuss at length the question as to whether or not ten dollars had been properly used here, or whether the same ten dollars could not have been better used somewhere else. I think that would not be fair to the commission. But I quite agree with what the right hon. gentleman has said that parliament has a right to know of these expenses, and when I answered the hon. member for Skeena as I did the other day I believed that he would be able to secure that information without question from the commission. I shall make it my business to speak to the chairman to-day, and if the hon. member for Skeena will suggest to one of the members of his own party the desirability of asking his question when the committee next meets or if he give notice in advance, I shall certainly use such machinery as I can make available, with my limited powers over the commission, for the purpose of securing the information which the hon. gentleman seeks, namely, the expenses grouped under main headings, such as the right hon. gentleman has mentioned. If, of course, that method fails, I shall have recourse to peace, order and good government.

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