House proceeded to consider resolutions reported from Committee of Supply.
Civil government-Department of the Interior -salaries, including J. J. McArthur and C. A. Bigger, at $2,300 each, notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act, $166,254.
Mr. FOSTER, Mr. Speaker, I am not quite sure whether the subject to which 1 desire to draw attention comes under the Department of the Interior or the Department of Indian Affairs, but to make sure,
I will take it up on this item. The right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) will remember that when he was putting through these estimates, the Minister of the Interior at that time being absent, he took some items for promotions in the Indian Department-I think it was-named the person to whom the promotion was to be given and laid down the policy that if he had arrived at the maximum of his salary promotion was his due. This sum was named in order to provide for that promotion. The principle was that the person should have arrived at the maximum, and the statement was made that in this case he had arrived at the maximum. That was information which I think was not correct. The gentleman who was mentioned by the Prime Minister as having arrived at the maximum has not arrived at the maximum by quite a considerable amount, but there are gentlemen who are senior in point of service who have arrived at the maximum, and I imagine this was a case of mistake and that another name should be substituted for the one that was mentioned. Clearly the Prime Minister was explicit in the fact that it was amongst other things length of service and having arrived at the maximum which rendered one eligible for promotion, and the circumstances being equal, the man who had arrived at the maximum should have the promotion rather than the man who had not. I ask the Prime Minister to make a note of it, so that nothing shall be done in the premises until it is looked into to see that a mistake is not being made. Just at the moment I cannot think of the gentleman's name who has come to the maximum of his class and who is older in service than the one whose name is mentioned.