Mr. FRANK OLIVER (Alberta).
I wish to add my testimony to that of the hou. member for Saskatchewan (Mr. Davis) and the hon. member for Selkirk (Mr. McCreary). In the district which I represent there are cases where accounts which were earned in the early part of November are unpaid yet, and, so far as I know, may lie for four months more before they are paid. The result is that the credit of the government is below par because of the non-payment, and the government is already being compelled to pay higher prices and to make payments in advance for census work that they would not have if these election accounts were paid in proper time. I wish to emphasize the fact that the people of this country do not know anything about the intricacies of the methods of payment out of the treasury. They know thev do certain work, they know that the government of Canada is responsible for the payment, and they look to the government and to their representatives in parliament to see that they are paid honestly. I say that when payment is delayed for four months it is absolute dishonesty, and the people will hold to account those who are responsible for that dishonesty. If the routine is such that these payments cannot be made more promptly, then the routine ought to be changed. If the fault can be located in the person rather than in the system, then certainly the person should either be changed or reformed. It is intolerable that the representatives of the people in this parliament and that the government should be put in such a disgraceful position before the electors of this country, as to seem to be defrauding honest men out of their honestly earned money, and deferring payment for a period extending from four months to an interminable time.
Subtopic: NON-PAYMENT OF ELECTION OFFICIALS.