What appears to be a little strange is that when the difficulty supervened which I regret had been caused by the government in regard to the voting of supplies, some method should not have been made to place in a distinct column separate from the rest of Supply, the necessary vote for the payment of civil servants. It is a great pity that is not done every year and it is a great pity it was not done this year when these grave difficulties at first appeared. For my part I think the civil servants should all be paid regularly and I would have raised no objection to that. The estimates have been made up in this form for years and I will admit for the benefit of my friend from Vercheres (Mr. Geoffrion) they were made up in that way before his party came to power, if he thinks that is any reason why we should check all progress. I regret very much that we are not in a position to vote the salaries of the civil servants as they should be voted, without difficulty, and I attribute that to the careless way in which the estimates are made up. When these difficulties first arose a division of the estimates should have been made so that the salaries of the civil servants would have been voted.
Subtopic: JOHN GRANT.