Before we proceed with the discussion of the section, I desire to say a word or two with regard to a remark made by the hon. member for Kootenay West (Mr. Esling) before the house rose at one o'clock. The hon. member has been very accommodating, and my observation is made in a friendly spirit and is, I hope, courteous in relation to his view of the matter. The hon. member said that he thought this matter should go before a committee before the house passes upon it. May I remind him and other hon. members that there is no subject upon which so many committees of the house have sat as that of copyright. We have had them from year to year and from session to session. Besides that, there have been two inquiries, one by Mr. Justice Ewing, which was held in 1931, I believe, the other one by Mr. Justice Parker, in 1935.
I repeat that the object of this bill is neither to redraft the copyright bill, nor to abolish it, as some hon. members, to judge from their remarks, seem to think, but to regulate the matter, and only on the points that have been touched by the inquiry of Judge Parker and his commission. The recommendation is for an appeal board. In other words, the inquiry that my hon. friend wishes to have continued by sittings of a new committee of the house can be made before that appeal board. Representations from both sides can be made to that board, which will sit from year to year. But I say again that it is urgent that we adopt some legislation before parliament prorogues. We cannot continue in the undecided state in which the whole question is at the present time.
Yesterday, Mr. Chairman, and very properly so, because there was no discussion on the second reading, you gave quite a leeway to the various speakers to deal generally with the question in discussing the first section. I understand that the hon. member for Ottawa East wishes to speak to this matter. I am sure the committee will give him the same latitude that was given to the hon. member who spoke yesterday. But once that is done the committee, I suggest, should be ready to
*Copyright Amendment Act
proceed with the two sections of the bill, and as they are very clear, we can deal with them in an orderly but expeditious way.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT WITH RESPECT TO FEES, CHARGES AND ROYALTIES, AND TO CONSTITUTE A COPYRIGHT APPEAL BOARD