March 25, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretary of State):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to lay on the table copy of an order in council dated March 22, 1935, P.C. 738. This order appoints His Honour Judge James Parker, senior judge of the county court of York, in the province of Ontario, as commissioner under part 1 of the Inquiries Act, pursuant to the provisions of section 10 of the Copyright Amendment Act, to investigate and report:
(a) Whether the Canadian Performing Right Society Limited or any other society, association or company unduly withholds the issue or grant of licences for or in respect of the performance of dramatico-musical or musical works in Canada;
(b) Whether the Canadian Performing Right Society Limited or any other society, association or company proposes to collect excessive fees, charges or royalties in compensation for the issue or grant of such licences;
(e) Whether the Canadian Performing Right Society Limited or any other society, association or company otherwise conducts its operations in Canada in a manner which is deemed detrimental to the interests of the public.
The commissioner is also specially authorized and required to investigate and report on the fees, charges or royalties which the Canadian Performing Right Society Limited, or any such other society, association or company, should be entitled to collect from licensees in compensation for the issue or grant of such licences, and the bases on which 92582-1291
such fees, charges or royalties should properly be computed.
This order in council has been passed in compliance with the request of a large number of members on both sides of the house who have insisted that there should be an inquiry into the operations of the Canadian Performing Right Society and its associates.

Topic:   APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONER TO INQUIRE INTO LICENSING
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