June 28, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)


Gordon Graydon (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government


I protest and raise an objection. I am going to ask the minister to remove his reservation with respect to part 5 of the question, because it asks for information which the house is entitled to have. Certainly "in the public interest" is being stretched to cover matters which this house should not allow.
Mr. LaFLECHE: The remarks made by the leader of the opposition raise an interesting point. This is not the first time that this has been done since I have been in the house-The point is that the national film board is in some respects in competition with commercial companies; it is in the national interest that they have full right to make as good a bargain as they can, and they should not be put in a disadvantageous position by reason of information being made public. -I shall be glad to give the hon. member privately the reasons for the reservation, as I have done to the hon. member for Macleod. It is the position taken by the national firm board that makes necessary the reservation. I think it is the traditional position taken by them.

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