Mr. T. H. Goode (Burnaby-Richmond):
, Mr. Speaker, perhaps add a little bit of iractical experience to this debate, inasmuch is I have just left a school board in British Columbia and am now an active member of ;he parent-teacher association. I do not ;hink it is the attitude of the parent-teacher issociation to condemn every child who reads :rime comics and every mother and father >f such a child; because it is my experience hat a child only reflects the ability of that nother and father to take care of their home.
do not believe that crime magazines will :ver hurt the child whose mother and father ake an intelligent view of these comics, >ecause if the mother and father handle the lituation properly, as I handle it in my home,
' do not think any child will come to any larm through them. They are not a good hing, and we know that fact. But that is lot the idea.
Through no fault of their own, perhaps, here are some kiddies who have come into he juvenile courts; and I have been able to ;it in those courts with the permission of :ertain law enforcement officers. I have found hat because the mothers and fathers did not ake the proper interest in these children hese so-called crime comics have affected the ives of these young people. In every case where crime comics have been mentioned in he juvenile court, I find that it has usually seen the case that the mother and father did lot take enough interest in their children to ;top them from using these books.
The other day I went into one of the stores n Ottawa to see just how bad the situation was here. In the store 46 different kinds of
this trash were offered for sale. This is the offal of the magazine trade. No one should have to buy it. No one should be able to buy it. But I find that, unless some of these magazine stands buy these books, they cannot buy the national magazines that they need to keep going. Within the last two or three days I have been told that it is also true -and it is true in British Columbia-that, unless the magazine dealers here handle these magazines to the extent of a certain percentage per month, they cannot buy the magazines from which they make their money to pay their fuel and rent bills. These are not the so-called "crime does not pay" magazines; I find they include Crime and Punishment, and Crime of Women. In this are depicted women of ill repute standing in rather suggestive attitudes. That is a fine model for our young people to look at! There are Women Outlaws and True Mystery. This latter is the most filthy book that I have ever seen on a magazine stand.
Topic: S82 HOUSE OF COMMONS