Hon. Steven E. Paproski (Edmonton North):
Madam Speaker, I would like to bring to the attention of the Minister of State for Multiculturalism remarks made in a speech delivered on April 23 to a federally sponsored conference on racism in Vancouver. It was delivered by Israel Ludwig, a Winnipeg lawyer and government appointed chairman of the
May 19, 1982
Race Relations Committee of the Canadian Consultative Council on Multiculturalism.
Incredibly Ludwig urged that Christmas, Good Friday, and other religious holidays be abolished in order to combat racism. He urged the government to monitor the news media, and demanded that the CRTC have the power to revoke licences of radio or television stations that give prominence, where prominence is not justified, to racist groups. He urged a similar body to monitor the press. He alleged that the press gives coverage to racist groups in order to sell their newspapers. An admission of unacceptable government interference in the freedom of the press emerged from his remarks. I would ask the minister if he plans to remove Mr. Ludwig from the Canadian Consultative Council on Multiculturalism because of his statements.