April 5, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Hugh Havelock McLean


Mr. McLEAN (Royal):

I am sorry I cannot understand the perhaps very clear explanation made by the Minister of Justice (Mr. Doherty). Sometimes in the past it has been difficult for me to follow him on account of his speaking very low, and it is difficult for members to hear clearly what he states. What I understand the Minister of Justice to state is this. This measure is to remedy a hardship on the part of the learned Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. What we members, who object to this resolution, object to, is the principle that is established that the Chief Justice shall not pay income tax. That is a bad principle to go out to the country. Under the law as it stands at present, every man in Canada is liable to pay income tax; that is the principle that stands and that should be enforced, and the Minister of Justice has no right to make an exception. If, as stated by my hon. friend (Mr. Edwards), you want to increase the salary of the Chief Justice, increase his salary. But is this not true? The salary of the Chief Justice is raised to $15,000; is he not now entitled to retir* on $15,000?

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