Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :
Mr. Speaker, before the orders of
the day are proceeded with I desire to make a short statement.
With respect to the statement which I made last evening regarding the reduction in the salaries paid to the members of the public service, I desire to inform the house that some time ago His Excellency the Governor General intimated that, if any reductions were made in the salaries paid to the members of the public service of Canada, he desired, as a voluntary act, to make the same contribution to the treasury as though his salary were included in the reduction, and he also so informed His Majesty the King.
I respectfully took the opposite view, and informed His Excellency that inasmuch as his salary was fixed by section 105 of the British North America Act, I did not think that any contribution of the kind suggested should be
made. His Excellency now informs me that, notwithstanding the view which I so strongly pressed, he is firmly of the opinion that he should be permitted to share in the sacrifice involved in the reduction of salaries paid to the members of the Canadian public service, and I have agreed with his insistent view. During the new fiscal year His Excellency will voluntarily contribute to the treasury a proportion of his salary', equivalent to any reduction that may be imposed by statute upon the members of the public service of the country.
Subtopic: PROPOSED TEN PER CENT DEDUCTION IN INDEMNITIES AND SALARIES-CONTRIBUTION BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR GENERAL