Mr. Chairman, I do not intend to enter into debate with my hon. friend from Temiscouata (Mr. Pouliot) for this bill merely provides that the commission will carry on for two more months in order to give the house after the recess an opportunity to study the question and decide whether a new policy should be adopted. I should like, however, to answer my hon. friend's point that this bill should not be in the name of the Prime Minister. I felt that, as the first bill providing for the incorporation of the Canadian radio broadcasting commission was in the name of the Prime Minister, and properly so, subsequent bills amending the first one should also be in his name.
As to the authority of the Minister of Marine over the radio commission, I have had occasion to give my views to this house during the last two sessions, and I think I have also told my hon. friend from Temiscouata; the statute speaks for itself, and I am sure that my hon. friend who is a lawyeT practising at Riviere du Loup has carefully studied
that particular law from the first word to the last, and knows exactly what is the authority of the Minister of Marine and of the government over the radio commission.
The radio commission was incorporated by this house, and this house has authority over the commission. It was the unanimous desire of the house that this commission should be secured against all political interference, and that is the reason why the radio commission, as far as its programs are concerned, is absolutely independent of the minister. The minister has some authority in the matter of issuing station licences, and whatever may be said by my hon. friend, I have exercised that authority. My hon. friend, probably in order to make some political capital in the province of Quebec, states that I do not exercise my powers and that that is an indignity to the province of Quebec. I say that my hon. friend is entirely wrong. I have attended almost every radio celebration in the province of Quebec. I have attended the opening of almost all the radio stations in the province of Quebec-