August 24, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Solon Earl Low

Social Credit

Mr. LOW:

That is dated August 25, 1944. Now, I was interested in finding ou.t whether or not the licence had actually been granted to radio station CKUA for educational purposes only, and this is what I found. Mr. Clem L. King, executive assistant to the president of the university, examined personally the licences, and this is the statement which he provided:
So far as I have been able to determine, the licence was secured by purchase from an Edmonton company which had a commercial licence. The licence then issued-
In 1927.
-to the university of Alberta was a private commercial licence.
He further says:
The licences were issued as private commercial licences prior to April 1, 194.1, and the first licence upon which any restrictions as to the basis of operation appeared was that for the year April 1, 1941 to March 31, 1942. This restriction read as follows:
"This licence is issued subject to the condition that the station be operated on a non-commercial basis."
I have already pointed out that following that, in 1943, when the university of Alberta made application to the C.B.C. for a commercial licence, they were granted permission to have such licence on a restricted basis. I have already pointed out that the station was to be restricted to an income of $25,000 per annum gross, and secondly they were told they could not take any business from CFRN. Now, who were CFRN that they had to be protected by the C.B.C.? As a result of the refusal of the board to grant a licence in 1944 the government of Alberta, after making further applications and being turned down, then made application for a powerful station of 50,000 watts to be set up at Red Deer with power enough to serve the great northland. The application was refused.

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I suspect that right here was born in the minds of C.B.C. the idea that they had better get in to Alberta and put up a 50,000 watt station somewhere before the province of Alberta made itself too vocal. I am satisfied that had pressure not been put on by the department of telephones and the university of Alberta we would never have this present move by the C.B.C. to take over the channel now held by CFCN in Calgary.

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