Mr. JEAN-FRANQOIS POULIOT (Temis-couata): Mr. Speaker, speaking as a backbencher, I rise to-day to a question of privilege. As a member of parliament I wish to say a
few words at the close of this parliament with regard to our parliamentary indemnity as it is affected by the income tax. The press of the country understands quite well that the position of members of parliament is worse than ever. Poverty is not a shame but it is a great embarrassment. What are the duties of members of parliament? In the first place, a member has to attend the sittings of this house. Members leave their homes and incur considerable expense coming here to attend the sittings. I would like the Minister of Finance (Mr. Ilsley) to listen to me, sir. I address the Chair but I would like his ears to be well open. Members of parliament are considered as a class by themselves by some people who think they are minor individuals who do not deserve decent treatment.