February 25, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My hon. friend says, "To do what?" It is to consider the annual report of the' Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and to review the policies and aims of the corporation and its regulations, revenues, expenditures and development. The committee is to be appointed for that purpose, but that certainly does not mean that this is the time to discuss a report tabled in a previous year, or matters other than those that come strictly within the terms of the resolution.
Mr. MaoINNlIS: Mr. Speaker, before you give your ruling I should like to point out that there is no way in which the debate on this motion can be limited except by arrangement between the government and the opposition. It seems to me that this motion is wide open for a debate on everything con-100-55J
nected with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. That is quite clear from a reading of the terms of reference:
That a select committee be appointed on radio broadcasting to consider the annual report of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and to review the policies and aims of the corporation and its regulations, revenues, expenditures and development, with power to examine and inquire into the matters- and things herein referred to.
I submit, Mr. Speaker, that every item there is a matter for discussion in this debate-that is, if the members want to carry on a debate. I am not advocating a debate on this motion. I have nothing to say on it personally, but there is no way in my opinion, under the rules of the house, in which debate can be limited on the terms of reference here set up. The question is whether the committee shall be appointed or not. What is a member to discuss if not the matters mentioned in the terms of reference?

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING
Subtopic:   APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ANNUAL REPORT AND REVIEW POLICIES OF CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
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