November 1, 1976 (30th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Stanley Howard Knowles (N.D.P. House Leader)

New Democratic Party

Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):

Mr. Speaker, if, as I hope will be the case, the media reports the debate of this hour, I imagine there will be emphasis on the discussion that is taking place with regard to the broadcasting by radio and television of the proceedings of this House. That being the case, I should like to join the two distinguished members who have already spoken in making it unanimous, and I hope that by the time the hour is over that unanimity will still stand.
The hon. member for Halifax-East Hants (Mr. McCleave) has put quite a bit in his motion. There are some details with which I might quarrel, and there are certain other rule changes he has not included which I might think should be in such a motion; but rather than detract from the unanimity in which I should like to join, I prefer to leave those details alone and concentrate my few remarks on the matter the hon. member for Eglinton (Mr. Sharp) spoke about just now'.
I agree with both of the preceding speakers that it does not make sense at all in the latter part of the twentieth century, when everything else that happens is heard on radio or seen on television by our people, for this institution not be heard or seen by them directly.

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