In that case, we have no general officers. If we build a harbour at Port Hope, for instance, we employ an officer, who is not in the department. In this case Mr. Cyr is a permanent employee just as Mr. Desjardins is in Montreal. That is the reason why the hon. member for East Gray (Mr. Sproule) finds their names where he does find them.
No, Mr. Cyr is paid only one salary, and that salary is paid out of this appropriation. He is not paid out of any other appropriation. He will supervise three or four works but he is paid his ordinary salary out of this appropriation.
It seems to me that it is possible to pay them sometimes double salaries. I have had brought to my notice only a short time ago the fact, in regard to which I asked a question and got a reply, that clerks employed in a certain department are employed in another department at the same time and draw pay there also. The answer was that the government has no knowledge of this. I am informed that it is a fact, and that it has been going on during the last few months. I give that as a justification for endeavouring to find out whether such a thing could happen or not without the knowledge of the minister.