MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND NATIONAL DEFENCE TAX-REFERENCES TO "GLOBE AND MAIL*' EDITORIAL
Mr. J. L. O'BRIEN (Northumberland, N.B.): On a question of privilege, Mr. Speaker: on May 15, when the national defence tax was being discussed in this house I made reference to the method by which it was deducted from the indemnity of members. At that time I said, as reported at page 2850 of Hansard:
Now that we are pondering the problems of those in the lower income 'brackets, it seems to me that we should attempt to unscramble our
own positions as members of parliament. We, of course, have to pay the national defence tax, and I wish it to be clearly understood that I am not objecting to paying that tax, but I am objecting to the method by which the tax is collected.
I quote the following from the editorial page of the Toronto Globe and Mail of May 19:
Members of parliament will pay national defence tax on their sessional indemnities. They'd better. Such exemption-and it has been discussed-would be for the average taxpayer about the last straw.
I submit, Mr. Speaker, that from my remarks no such implication could properly be attached to any hon. member of this house. I made my point crystal clear-that I was not objecting to the deduction, but only to the method used to deduct it, in that an indemnity is not a salary.
The Globe and Mail item does not mention my name, but since I was the only member making such a reference I here and now protest against statements of members of this house being twisted by any editor in order to attempt further to lower the standing of members of this house in the public opinion by implying that they seek to avoid their obligations.