Mr. J. G. DIEFENBAKER (Lake Centre):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question affecting the privileges of the House of Commons and of many members of the house. It has to do with a matter arising out of ihe Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which from time to time pays an honorarium or expenses to members of the House of Commons for participating in broadcasts and the like put on by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. A number of members are affected by this, sir, and I therefore bring it to the attention of the house with a view to securing an opinion from the Minister of Justice as to whether or not, under the provisions of the Senate and House of Commons Act, the. acceptance by a member of the House of Commons of an honorarium or expenses results in his being placed in the position that his seat is thereby vacated and thenceforth his election is null and void. It is, sir, a matter which I know affects a great many members in all parts of the house, and it is one respecting wdiich there is considerable doubt.