Right Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister) -moved the second reading of bill No. 243, to amend the Senate and House of Commons Act.
He said: The principle of this bill is to -provide an allowance of $2,000 a- year to members of parliament to enable them to defray expenses incidental to their calling as members. It provides that deductions shall be -made from this amount on the basis of non-attendance of members. It also provides in the case of ministers of the crown, senators, and the hon. the leader of the opposition, that the allowance shall be regarded as -taxable income. That is -the extent of the measure.
. Mr. ANGUS MacINNIS (Vancouver East): On the resolution stage of this bill yesterday I stated briefly some objections that I had to it. If it is of interest to the members of the house I -may say -that it does not give me any pleasure to be in disagreement with so many members whom I like and respect. But when deep conviction conflicts with comfort, then in my opinion comfort must give way.
I wish first -to refer to some -points raised in the brief discussion yesterday. The Prime Minister in his -re-marks said that it is becoming increasingly difficult to attract the best type of men to public life. I do not think a statement such as that can be made unless we compare the -present house with previous parliaments, and in my -humble opinion the present -house, which was elected when the indemnity was $4,000-and mind you, I never heard of anyone saying that 'he did not want -to come here with that -indemnity- -