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

SC

Norman Jaques

Social Credit

Mr. JAQUES:

I never said he was an official of the C.B.C. I said he had facilities of the C.B.C., and I say he is a communist- even if he is not so labeled. He is a communist and when he was taxed with it he laughed and said, "Why, I was given the job by the government all during the war of saying these very things."
I might say that Matthew Halton is another. There is no label on him. But one has only to listen to him. One need not be very acute to realize where his sympathies are, and for whom he is speaking. I have heard him on more than one occasion, and there is not muen doubt about it. But the general public does not realize that. They hear a commentator over the radio and they take it for granted that he is absolutely unprejudiced. They say, "Here is the actual truth, not prejudiced or coloured in any way at all." Naturally they take it as authentic. A great deal of propaganda has been put over in that way.
My view is that, so far as broadcasting is concerned, the C.B.C. should confine its work on the radio to the news itself, and to entertainment. We cannot have too much good entertainment, including good music. But even there propaganda is used. I happen to be very fond of classical music. During the winter I listen to the philharmonic concerts from New York-never miss them if I can help it. I noticed that until Finland was taken over by Russia we heard quite a good deal of music by Sibelius. I have not heard any since Finland was conquered. Instead of Sibelius, we hear now Shostakovich. I do not pretend to be an authority on music, but I believe there are few people who, if given the choice, would prefer Shostakovich to Sibelius. Certainly I for one would not.

I would conclude by repeating the danger to which people are exposed by means of propaganda from men who are responsible to no one and who apparently speak for nobody. They make their comments as though they were absolutely unprejudiced when, all the time, they are making them purely for purposes of propaganda.
If the C.B.C. thinks my remarks are unfair, then they have an easy method of proving me wrong. I challenge them to do so. Grant any recognized Social Crediter the same facilities which have been granted to these

well, I call them reds, but you can call them fellow-travellers, if you like-and I will take my words back. But until that happens, I say that the C.B.C. has been used by communists as a means of spreading communist propaganda.
I object to this bill, which will increase the power of the C.B.C. I object to voting any more .money for radio monopoly.

Topic:   RADIO BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   CORPORATION TO RECEIVE LICENCE FEES- ADVANCES ON ACCOUNT OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
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