August 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)



Not further than this, that we have intimated to them that for a time at least they should undertake to provide a service, to employ correspondents, to pay for cable bills and do all that is necessary to create an efficient service, and they have agreed to secure the co-operation of as many newspapers in
Canada as are able to contract for the service. The newspapers in the large cities will have to pay a much larger amount than the newspapers in the smaller centres, although all will receive the service alike ; those in the large communities; will have to pay more, those in the smaller communities will pay less, though they all get the same news. We leave the gentlemen of the press to work out all the details for themselves. The conditions which we impose are, first, that they raise and spend for the service at least as much money as the government does. The second condition is that they must hold the service open to every newspaper in Canada on fair and reasonable terms ; and unless they can show us that everybody in Canada who wants to contract has all the privileges which this scheme offers them they are not entitled to receive the money. We leave the working out of the details entirely to the newspaper people, and we accept the assurance which the representatives that the leading papers have given us that they will work it out on an entirely non-partisan basis, and with the co-operation of the press generally throughout the Dominion.
Mr. BORDEN" (Halifax.) I heartily and cordially support the proposal of the Minister of Finance In this regard. I am satisfied that the people of this country have not had fair play in the way of getting news from England during the past, and on the other hand the people of England perhaps have not been any better supplied with Canadian news. We have had to get a great deal of our news through sources which are coloured, not certainly from a Canadian or an English standpoint. While I am not disposed to make any reflection in that direction, nevertheless I feel satisfied from what information I have obtained, and that I have had placed before me in connection with this very matter, that certain events of great public consequence in the mother country have sometimes come to us with a certain colour which is not desirable either in the interest of the empire or in the interest of Canada. If it is possible by aid of this kind to ensure that the press of Canada shall have fair and accurate reports of events of public importance in the mother country, and that the people of the mother country shall have accurate and adequate means of knowing what is being done and published in Canada, I think a great service will be rendered to the country. I do not know how it is in Great Britain at the present time, I have not had the pleasure of visiting that country for six or seven years ; but I know that during my previous visits I have often been intensely disappointed, I might even use a stronger word, at the very great dearth of news of my country that appeared in the English papers. In many of them there was not a word regarding Canada for a considerable time, and in the more import-

ant journals only a line or two and perhaps not that. If this grant will contribute to any better result, and I have every reason to believe that it will, I think there is no person in this country who would not heartily join in supporting the proposition of my hon. friend the Minister of Finance.

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