Mr. W. Ross Thatcher (Moose Jaw):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege. Last night a question was answered in which I had asked how many prosecutions had been launched against farmers who had failed to file income tax returns in several of the provinces. The answer given by the minister was that no information was available. In my hand I hold a copy of the Winnipeg Free Press of March 7, in which it is stated that in the first two months of this year, in all Canada, 1,953 farmers were prosecuted. My point of privilege is this: If the department can give a newspaperman the full figure, it should be able to give members of parliament a breakdown of that figure.
I hope the minister will reconsider the answer to my question, and try to give a break-down. I am particularly interested in the prosecution of farmers in Quebec and Saskatchewan.
Sub-subtopic: REFERENCE TO ANSWER TO QUESTION ON MARCH 16