Mr. Speaker, the Bloc Québécois agrees with the idea of referring the bill to committee as soon as possible, although we are close to adding amendments.
However, we do not agree with the bill. I was in this House in 1999. Despite my youth, I have been here since 1993. There was a mechanism that linked judges' salaries to MP's salaries. According to what was suggested in 1999, the Prime Minister had to earn the same salary as the chief justice of the Supreme Court, ministers had to earn three quarters of the salary of the chief justice of the Supreme Court, and members of Parliament, half.
If we passed the Conservative's bill, the Prime Minister would earn less than the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Does he think this is a message to send, in terms of democratic legitimacy?