Robin Mark RICHARDSON

RICHARDSON, Robin Mark, B.A. (Hon.), M.A., C.F.A., M.A.R.

Parliamentary Career

May 22, 1979 - December 14, 1979
PC
  Beaches (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 3)


July 8, 1960

Mr. Richardson:

I do not recall any such objections.

(Translation):

That was the practice of the C.B.C. Why should the Department of Public Works, the Department of Transport and every other department have to invite public tenders, and not the C.B.C.?

Could there be political patronage in such matters?

How are employees hired? The committee on broadcasting established that last year, when we discussed the system of subsidies and the matter of pull. Mention has been made of the movie "scandal". On many occasions last year, I asked questions on that subject. The committee lapsed, and I never got an answer, because every excuse under the sun was used to avoid answering my questions.

For instance, take the matter of paid advertisements in newspapers. I was told the

Supply-C.B.C.

C.B.C. places no paid ads in papers other than a particular newspaper on Notre Dame street, which has been campaigning for the Liberals. If that is not patronage, in the eyes of those Liberal gentlemen, I don't know what else it can be.

There was some talk about rentals of studios. Has any light been thrown on that matter? I would like this to be clarified.

And, finally, there are those cliques in the C.B.C. The corporation is charged with spreading Liberal and socialist propaganda. Has this charge been answered by the Liberals or by the C.B.C.? All they did was to charge us, the parliamentarians who want to know the truth, with creating hotbeds of Conservative intrigue. But, Mr. Chairman, I am not worried because we will have time to complete our 25 years of office before this happens.

But when a department submits its estimates and opposition members stand up for that department in connection with questions asked by members on the government benches, one has a feeling that there must be something queer and mysterious about it. There is certainly someone who wants to protect someone else, and it is not government people, it is not the responsible minister, nor the other ministers, nor government members; it is rather, as my colleague who is sitting here beside me said, those patronage people of the Liberal party, who do not want to lose their supporters. There is reference to cowardice in the C.B.C. We have-

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July 8, 1960

Mr. Richardson:

It has not been our practice to call for public tenders, if you mean by "public tenders", advertising in the press?

(Translation):

I would advise Mr. Lesage to take note of that answer. It will serve him as a basic formula, everywhere, to explain the patronage he is about to organize.

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July 8, 1960

Mr. Richardson:

We always call tenders for any construction.

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