Mr. L. N. CHAMPAGNE (Wright) moved:
That the second report of the Select Committee appointed to supervise the Official Report of the Debates of this House during the present session, which recommends that Mr. S. A. Mackay be paid at the rate of $4 per day from the 20th May, 1902, to 3rd April, instant, for services rendered as temporary substitute on the staff of the translators of the debates be adopted.
air. HENRI BOTJRASSA (Labelle). (Translation.) Before this motion passes, I think it desirable that the chairman of the committee should give us a few words of explanation. Did this air. aiackay, who has been employed on the translating staff of the Debates ever pass his qualifying examination ? If not, I should like to know the reasons which have induced the committee to depart from the rule which has been so strictly adhered to within the last two or three years, in the case of the translators of our ' Debates.' If air. aiackay did not pass the required examination, why was he given employment in that capacity ?