There is not. But there is a pretty strong agitation for it. Besides, they pay at a much more generous rate of wages than we do in this country.
Now, there is another point: We have got into a habit, it has become like a burden strapped to our backs, of contracting civil servants out of even the Civil Service Act that we have. This was pointed out by the commission. In one year, for one cause or another, there were fifty cases of ' notwithstanding anything contained in the Civil Service Act.' In this way the civil servants to whom this was applied were taken out from under the law. So we had discrepancies, we had wide differences, and bitterness was left in the hearts of those who thought they were equally deserving but got nothing. That does not help the civil service. One of the worst things to import into a civil service, perhaps the one thing that saps their loyalty worse than anything else, is the mere idea that they are not being treated fairly, that some get more than they should and that some, equally faithful, get less. As long as it is a matter of exception, under the charge of the minister, these things will occur more
or less. Then there has been the re-enforcement of the patronage Influence, there Is no denying that. The patronage system was never so greedy, grasping, insistent, heartless, conscienceless as it lias been during these last years, never in the history of Canada. This is a part, I suppose, of the material growth of the country. It may not be the fault of the present government more than of the past government, but the spirit is different now from what it was. and everything that makes is looked to, and as I said, the result is that this spirit is stronger and more grasping than ever before.
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