Mr. Lloyd R. Crouse (South Shore):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege which affects the rights and privileges of every member of this House, and I raise this matter at the earliest possible moment. My question of privilege relates to a return tabled in the Commons yesterday for the Conservative member for Cumberland-Col-chester North (Mr. Coates).
The information given in the Commons return states that 11 of 13 ministers have offices in federal buildings but the Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau) rents an office at $7,360 a year in his Montreal Mount Royal riding, and the Secretary of State (Mr. Pelletier) rents an office in Montreal Maisonneuve at $1,675 a year. The President of the Privy Council (Mr. Macdonald) and the Minister without Portfolio (Mr. Andras) pay their one-man staffs in their ridings, Toronto Rosedale and Port Arthur respectively, up to $10,000 annually out of the public treasury. The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Olson) is the only minister with a two-member staff in his riding, Medicine Hat. Each is paid up to $5,000 annually.
The Prime Minister's and the Secretary of State's constituency staffers each receive $7,500 annually at the maximum. Other ministers with constituency offices and the maximum publicly paid salaries for their staffers are as follows: The Minister of Finance (Mr. Benson), Kingston, $7,500; the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources (Mr. Greene), Niagara Falls, $7,500; the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Cote), Longueuil, $7,500; the Minister of Labour (Mr. Mackasey), Verdun, $7,500; the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs (Mr. Basford), Vancouver Centre, $5,000; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce (Mr. Pepin), Drummondville, $5,000; the Minister of Communications (Mr. Kierans), Montreal Duvemay, $7,500; and the Minister of Manpower and Immigration (Mr. MacEachen), the only Nova Scotian, no publicly paid staff.
Subtopic: MR. CROUSE-MINISTERS' OFFICES IN CONSTITUENCIES