Yes, I think so. The practice in past years was for the Minister of Finance to appoint them. I was away at the time and I think the Auditor General appointed them himself. I know nothing to the contrary.
Assuming that the circumstances are such as the hon. Minister of Finance has disclosed, the case is not as grave as I thought it was. But I think it is extremely desirable that we should not see this memorandum appearing in the estimates. It has been of frequent occurrence in the past although, I am glad to say, it has been of rather infrequent occurrence this session. It seems to me that it should disappear altogether. My attention was directed to this item by my hon. friend from North Toronto who desired to make some inquiries in regard to it.
Mr. McLeod was appointed on the 18th of October, 1898, and owing to his special qualifications in the hardware trade he was to receive a salary of $800, but only $500, the usual salary of a temporary clerk was allowed, the Department of Justice being of the opinion that he should rank as a temporary officer. Considering the nature of Mr. McLeod's work it was thought he should have a salary of $800 and this vote is to give him that salary. It was impossible for him to present himself for competitive examination because no examination was held, but he will do so at the next examination.
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