Mr. RAYMOND (Translation):
Mr. Chairman, I wish to state that I entirely agree with the views expressed a short while ago by the hon. member for Quebec East (Mr. Lapointe). Judges have been placed in a special class, they have been deprived of numerous privileges that the humblest citizen of this country enjoys. To-day the
government wish to levy a special tax on them. It is absolutely unjust and I think that the comments of the hon. member for Quebec East are quite to the point.
May I add a few words to the remarks made by the hon. Minister of Justice (Mr. Guthrie) to justify this measure. He stated that the need for additional revenue had necessitated this action. I wonder whether he is levying this special tax on the judges to enable him to meet the $2,000 increase which he granted to himself and his colleagues last year. To think that, in a crisis, when the revenues of Canada are not adequate to meeting the expenditures for administration, members of the government thought fit to vote themselves a salary increase of $2,000, and that, to-day, they state in the house that further revenue is required and a special tax of 10 per cent must be levied on judges to meet expenditure. If the government are sincere I would suggest to them to add to clause 9A of Bill 92, the names of the ministers of the crown, on whom an additional tax of 10 per cent would thus be levied on their salaries, as on that of the judges.
Subtopic: SPECIAL TAX ON INCOMES OP JUDGES AND MEMBERS OF MILITARY, NAVAL, AIR AND POLICE FORCES