This is a case where the officer is being paid for a short time prior to his passing the examination. He passed the examination, but was actually in the service a short time before, and this is to cover his allowance during that period.
It depends upon the amount of work to be done. It may increase a little.
Charges of management-Office of the Assistant Receiver General: Halifax, $300 ; St. John, $150 ; Winnipeg, $500; Victoria, $100; Charlottetown, $200; printing Dominion notes, $25,000 ; expenses in connection with the issue and redemption of Dominion notes, $1,800 ; $28,050.
These items nearly all arise from small increases of $50 each. There is one new clerk at Winnipeg getting $300 per annum, and a new clerk at Charlottetown at $600. The greater part of this item is for the expense of printing Dominion notes.
These offices are a great convenience. Centralizing everything at Ottawa is not always popular with the mass of people. These are in a sense government banks, and they supply the currency to the other banks. It is a great convenience to the banks to obtain this currency at the different offices throughout the Dominion and not have to send to Ottawa. The system was well thought by my predecessors, and I see no reason to change it.
The sums taken in the main estimates for these offices were as follows :-Toronto, $7,300 ; Montreal, $5,800 ; Halifax, $8,000 ; St. John, $6,900 ; Winnipeg, $6,500 ; Victoria, $4,550 ; Charlottetown, $4,900.