I suppose he is going to England notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act. Perhaps the hon. gentleman will be good enough to give us some detailed explanation why this provision is necessary in this item ?
I am informed that in the case of Messrs. King and Klotz the maximum salary is $2,400, and they are being allowed $150 in excess of the maximum. Mr. King is connected
with the new observatory and has an important addition to his labours which are of a very responsible and technical character. Mr. IClotz has been employed in connection with the Alaskan boundary, and the hon. Minister of the Interior thinks his services should be recognized accordingly.
I think the country is very fortunate in being able to retain such distinguished men as I know Mr. King and Mr. Klotz to be in their profession, and it seems a little peculiar that the advances in salary to these gentlemen are so small in comparison with the very large increases that were made in the salaries of two other officers, unimportant as compared with them. I think one of the'gentlemen to whom I refer is a chief clerk, and another a registration clerk, and they had $400 added to their salaries a session or two ago. No doubt their duties were increased by the administration of the Yukon, but theirs are largely clei'ical duties and it is satisfactory after all to find that men who have scientific training and who are so able and prominent in their professions as Mr. King and Mr. Klotz are to receive some recognition, though, I must say, in proportion to the recognition given the other gentlemen, they have not been fully rewarded even yet.
I cannot say why the Act is not amended. I suppose if the Act in time is found not to be sufficient to meet any situation that may arise, and if that becomes quite clear, the House will be possessed of the information and will amend it.
Why is it that the hon. gentleman changes the theoretical organization of the department ? It does not seem as if he requires any more of a staff for the purpose of accomplishing the work, but he wants five more second-class clerks and one more first-class clerk. The hon. minister ought to maintain his theoretical organization approved of by council, and under no circumstances, unless of the grayest and mcst serious character, change it. And why he has changed it by adding five second-class clerks and one first-class clerk to his staff I do not know.