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

SC

Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. HANSELL:

I did not quite hear what the leader of the opposition or the hon. member for York-Sunbury said, and I trust that my observations will not be repeating what they have said. They still seem to be a "still small voice crying in the wilderness."
If we are to confine our remarks to the setting up of the committee, there is nothing we can talk about. All we can do is to look over the names proposed: Messrs. Bertrand, Boucher, Mrs. Casselman, Mr. Coldwell, Mr. Diefenbaker, and the rest, and discuss the colour of their eyes and what they are wearing, and so forth. It seems to me that when a committee is being set up, hon. members of parliament have the right to express in parliament, which is supposed to be the voice of the people, what they expect of our government-owned broadcasting corporation, and of broadcasting in general in Canada, in order that the committee, when set up, may take into account the matters that have been brought before parliament by the people's representatives. I do not see how we can discuss that fully without discussing the report that was made last year.
We all know that these committee reports come down to the house in the dying hours of the session. Perhaps my hon. friends of the Progressive Conservative party were talking about that; I could not hear. But very often we have asked in the committee itself whether concurrence would be moved when the report was brought down. Sometimes concurrence is not moved on the understanding that when the committee is set up the following year we might be able to discuss further the matters

Radio Broadcasting Committee

contained in the report. That is why some of us do not insist on moving concurrence in the report in the dying hours of the session. I submit, Mr. Speaker, that on this motion a review of broadcasting in Canada is entitled to discussion.

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