People could go barefoot if they had to.
Mr. ST. LAURENT: Let me tell the hon. member of a rather disagreeable experience I had, but one that left me no worse than I had been. About two months ago I went to a doctor who examines my eyes from time to time and, after looking at them and going through a lot of testing, he said to me as I was leaving, "Do you smoke?" I replied,
"Yes, but not very much; certainly not enough to have any deleterious effect on me." He said, "What do you mean" I said, "I smoke perhaps a dozen cigarettes a day." He said, "I think you had better cut it out."
I replied, "It sounds rather foolish to me but if you say so I'll do it." He told me to come back in five or six weeks time and he would look at my eyes again. I went back five or six weeks afterwards and he examined me once more. Then he said, "By the way, did you stop smoking?" I said, "Of course. I paid you for advice and you gave it to me, and I wasn't going to waste that advice, but during the whole time I was off smoking I felt I was doing something rather foolish for which there was not very much occasion". He said, "Well, perhaps there was not much occasion. You might start again but don't overdo it".
That was a matter of five or six weeks without smoking and I suffered nothing extraordinary from the abstention. Certainly I would not want to pay $185,513,309 worth of taxes for the right to have that kind of luxury. These two amounts of taxes on spirits and on tobacco together with $17,000,000 on amusements yield to the federal treasury $336 million odd, and I suppose these are the kind of taxes that the leader of the opposition would like to wipe out.