March 3, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. M. J. COLDWELL (Rosetown-Biggar):

Mr. Speaker, I warmly support all that I heard of the statement just made by the hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Hanson). I have suggested during the past few years that we should refer the operations of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation periodically to some committee, but I believe the suggestion made by the leader of the opposition is in every way a better one. As the enterprises of the dominion expand1 and government ownership of public corporations increases, I think it is more essential than ever that there should be some parliamentary inquiry into the operations of these corporations. Now that we have the national railways, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Bank of Canada, and the Trans-Canada Air Lines, it seems to me that as a safeguard these corporations should be thoroughly looked into by the membership of this house. I am thoroughly of the opinion that such public corporations, while they should be subject to parliament, ought to be as they are now, corporations removed from political interference and control, but subject to parliamentary inquiry. I warmly support the suggestion of the leader of the opposition.

Topic:   STANDING COMMITTEES
Subtopic:   CANADIAN' BROADCASTINC CORPORATION-BANK OF CANADA-SUGGESTED COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS
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