June 27, 1904

CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Are not all these other gentlemen equally able, zealous and industrious ? Surely it is not because he is a stenographer and typewriter that he is entitled to promotion over his seniors ? I am sure that shorthand writers can be procured at less salaries than $1,900. It cannot be said that these other gentlemen were not equally zealous in the public service and

have not equallly at heart the interests of the service. If it is the rule that length of service and merit are not to count, but that the minister may bring in an outsider and place him over the heads of all the others, it is well that all civil servants should know it.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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John William Bell

Mr. BELL.

In the Auditor General's Keport Mr. Laschinger is entered as having nine months salary at $1,500 and twelve months as private secretary at $600. That would make his remuneration $2,100 a year. He is down in the estimates as chief clerk and assistant secretary at $1,900 a year. That is a reduction of $200. He was a first-class clerk last year, but he is entered as having received at the rate of $1,500 a year for the last nine months.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

The maximum for a first-class clerk is $1,800, and the minimum for a chief clerk is $1,900, but he can go up to -$2,400.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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John William Bell

Mr. BELL.

I understand that. But, according to the Auditor General's Report, Mr. Laschinger received at the rate of $2,100 a year and he is now entered in this year's estimates as receiving $1,900. That seems to be a- discrepancy, and I would like the hon, minister to explain.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

He will have the privilege of going up to $2,400.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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John William Bell

Mr. BELL.

But, apparently he is cut down $200.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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Mr. .T. D. REID@

Does he receive $600 in addition ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

Yes-that is temporary. .

Mr. .1. D. REID. Then he will receive $2,500 ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

He will receive $1,900 as chief clerk.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

And $600 more ? Then, his salary will be $2,50Q.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

While he is private secretary. But the private secretary is not a permanent position.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

Then, this is uu increase of $400.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

As for Mr. Armstrong, I agree with all that has been said about him-he Is a man of great merit. When 1 came into office 'I found that his merit was recognized to the extent of $1,500 a year. I at once took steps to put him in a more important position, and got an Act of Parliament passed which at once increased his salary from $1,500 to $2,500 a year. I do not think, therefore, that it can be said ibat I have not treated him well. There is quite high authority for paying men according to their merit and I do not think that even! years are the only test of what a man's services are worth. In this case I can only add to what I have already said 1hat Mr. Laschinger is well deserving of what is proposed here. I know of no person in the public service who will give better value for wbat he will draw than Mr. Laschinger, if he is so fortunate as to enjoy the position which I desire to secure for him.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

This is another case similar.to what I have objected to. I do not know' Mr. Laschinger, nor am I aware of the nature of the duties expected of him. But what I say is that if he is appointed a chief cleric, he will find in that position plenty of work to employ all his time. Whether he is worth $1,900 or $2,500. he will find that he can earn all he is worth by performing the duties of one position, and it is unfair to give him the dual office. There is enough to do in the duties of private secre-tar to keep one man busy

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

Does tlie hon. gentleman (Mr. Reid) think that a private secretary could be engaged for $600 ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

I do not say that that could be done. I do not believe that you can find a man capable of filling the position of private secretary who would be willing to work for $600 a year. But what I claim is that the duties of that position are enough for one man. To give the dual position! to one man has the effect of concealing from the public what is actually paid for the services rendered. I believe that the country ought to pay a private secretary what he is worth, but, as his time must be fully taken up with the duties of private secretary, he should be paid for that position.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

That has never been the practice.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

I do not know anything about that ; but he should be appointed to one position and should be paid one salary, and that salary should be adequate to the duties he performs.

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

How many private secretaries are there in the hon. gentleman's department ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-RESIGNATION OP THE AUDITOR GENERAL.
Subtopic:   REPORT OF AUDITORS UPON THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.
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June 27, 1904