Chapter 10, section 39 of the Revised Statutes of Canada 1906, reads as follows:
To the member occupying- the recognized position of leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, there shall he payable an additional sessional allowance of $7,000.
The amendment which I propose will read as follows: .
Section 39 of the Senate and House of Commons Act, Revised Statutes, 1906, chapter 10, is amended by striking out the words " additional sessional " in the third line thereof and
substituting therefor the words " additional annual."
When the Act was originally passed I do not think it was the intention that the allowance to the leader of the Opposition should be a sessional allowance, considering the fact that the Prime Minister of Canada is receiving an annual allowance of $10,000 per year, together with his sessional indemnity, and members of the Government are receiving $7,000 together with their sessional indemnities. In the event of two sessions, the Prime Minister receives $15,000 a year while the recognized leader of the Opposition receives $19,000 a year. I think that would indicate that it was the intention of Parliament in passing the Act that the allowance of the leader of the Opposition should be annual the same as that of the members of the Government. That is my explanation.
Motion agreed to and Bill read the first time.
Subtopic: SESSIONAL, ALLOWANCE TO LEADER OP OPPOSITION.