Mr. G. M. Murray (Cariboo):
Mr. Speaker, I hesitate to say anything at this time as lawyers in the house have had their full say on this matter, but as a humble publisher I thought probably I should interject a word or two. This country is deluged with filth from the publishers of the United States and no effort is made to stop this material coming past the border. We have the right to impose a tariff upon the plates and illustrations and literature generally imported into this country. Unless we do that I think we can expect to continue to pay great profits to the publishers in New York, Chicago and elsewhere.
If one looks at a Canadian paper one will see that at least half of the news content is made up by material from news services originating in New York, Chicago or elsewhere. We have capable journalists in Canada who would be only too glad to write those articles, but apparently it is more desirable to import this material and along with it the so-called pornographic material which has been discussed here tonight.
As a publisher may I say that I do not think we alone are competent to judge what is good or what is bad. That is something for public opinion. We get just what we ask for. You can take the Bible and hold it up as an example of a publication which contains
within it articles and items which might be mentioned here tonight. I think we should encourage our Canadian press, our Canadian writers and our Canadian artists to build a healthy Canadianism. We are cutting ourselves off from the privy council by passing the Supreme Court Act. We could do much more for Canada by establishing a Canadian literature. We must encourage Canadian talent to take such a part in the publication of our papers that it will not be necessary to depend upon writers and artists and syndicates from other lands.
Topic: CRIMINAL CODE
Subtopic: PORTRAYAL OF CRIMES BY PICTURES IN MAGAZINES, ETC., TENDING TO INDUCE VIOLENCE