Mr. W. F. MACLEAN (South York):
I should like to bring to the attention of the government a matter of urgent general interest to the general public. In the New York Times of March 12, its Washington correspondent makes this announcement.
More effective governmental supervision of radio communication, including authority to defeat attempts to monopolise the ether, was recommended to the House Committee on Merchant Marine to-day by Herbert Hoover, Secretary of Commerce.
Secretary Hoover, in his address, gave his approval to the purposes of the pending White bill, which aims to prohibit monopoly of radio communication, allowing the Interstate Commerce Commission to review the rates charged for such service and laying down drastic regulations governing the issuance of licenses by the Secretary of Commerce for the operation of broadcasting stations.
Is such provision for the protection of the public being made by the government of Canada? I would ask the acting Prime Minister (Mr. Graham) to let the public know whether any proposal looking to a monopoly of radio communication has been made in Ottawa.
Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Acting Prime Minister): The question of radio is not only new, but intricate, and I would not care to give an answer offhand. As a matter of law and of practice, the management of radio is in the hands of a branch of the Marine department. Licenses are issued; regulations are in force at the present time; inspection takes place; and a small fee is paid, of course, largely for the purpose of paying for this inspection. There has been communication, whether it has been of late or not, between the governments as to the proper control of radio, as there have been or are likely to be so many broadcasting stations that the conflict of the air waves interferes with proper communication.