Order. I allowed the leader of the Social Credit group to discuss questions not relevant to the section, and he was followed by the hon. member for Temiscouata, who also was out of order. Now the hon. gentleman is continuing a discussion which is not relevant to section 15.
Surely I am in order in asking whether there should not be an alternative way of raising revenue by placing a tax on advertising instead of on sugar. If the minister does not wish to answer that question now, he can do so on some other item. The committee is entitled to know why the government refuses to tax advertising.
We are talking about sugar. If I were to undertake to go into the merits and demerits of alternative taxes I do not know where we would end. I have been giving some consideration to the question of advertising, perhaps not as extensively as I should have done, and I can see great difficulties. But is there anything to be gained at this stage of the session, or this stage of the debate, by entering into a discussion of the pros and cons of some alternative tax, selected at random? I will take the hon. gentleman's
suggestion into consideration; it may be that we shall have to impose taxes on many things before this war is over; but why enter into an academic debate on some item that is not before the committee?