I want to make a few
remarks in defence of the Windsor station which my hon. friend from North Waterloo (Mr. Euler), who I am sorry is not in his seat, criticizes every year, owing to the fact that his friends did not get the licence that was promised to them before the late government went out of power.
I have no brief for the radio commission, but I want to tell my hon. friend that a licence was granted to the Essex broadcasting station before the radio commission was established. There were two 5,000 watt stations in western Ontario. Now there is one, and there is a 100 watt station at London and a radio commission station. The Windsor station is one of the finest stations on the North American continent; the residents of Ottawa and the residents of the Soo got their best reception from this station. It is not the fault of the Windsor station that their wavelength has been changed three times. First it was 540, which was satisfactory, then it was changed to 840, which was satisfactory, and then it was changed to 1030, which has brought all sorts of confusion.
My hon. friend from North Waterloo said that this station was owned and controlled by the Columbia broadcasting system of the United States. I may tell him that Canadians hold the majority stock in that station, and only within the last few days the Columbia Broadcasting system has cancelled its contract with the Windsor station owing to the poor reception on the new wave length 1030. Before that station was established we were unable in the border cities and in that neck of the woods to get any radio at all except what came through Detroit or Cleveland or some other American station. For some reason or other we cannot get the Toronto or London or Chatham stations. That is an established fact which cannot be disputed.
My hon. friend from North Waterloo was very severe in his criticism and said that there should be an investigation of that station. He insinuated that a scandal would be discovered. I do not know what he wants to investigate, and I am quite sure that the station would welcome an investigation. I do not know what grounds my hon. friend has for making that statement, but whoever gave him his information evidently had not the facts before him. I think I have covered the situation as to the Windsor station, Mr. Chairman. The station there has cost over $150,000 a year and is employing about thirty people. It has been a benefit to our section of the country, and I do not think anyone has any just criticism to make of it.