Mr. MAXIME RAYMOND (Beauharnoi-Laprairie (Translation):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to address a question to the Right Hon. Minister of Justice (Mr. St. Laurent). According to press reports, Tim Buck, leader of the Labour Progressive party, and Guy Caron, another well-known communist, are scheduled to talk to-morrow evening over the C.B.C. In view of the findings of the report on espionage activities and the charges levelled against the Labour Progressive party, is it the minister's intention to intervene and prevent this communist propaganda over the C.B.C.?
Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Minister of Justice) (Text): The hon. member asks if the Minister of Justice is going to intervene to prevent certain people from speaking over the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I must say to the hon. member that the Minister of Justice has no right to do that under the statute which governs the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and which was passed by this parliament. There is before parliament at the present time a bill to amend that statute. If parliament deals with that bill it will be the privilege of any hon. member to propose any amendment that he sees fit to that bill to give other controls over the broadcasting facilities than those which are provided in accordance with the statute. Until that is done the Minister of Justice has no greater right to give direction to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation than has the hon. member for Beauharnois-Laprairie (Mr. Raymond).
Subtopic: LABOUR PROGRESSIVE PARTY-RADIO TALKS OVER THE NATIONAL NETWORK