As the Department of Interior is responsible for the salary of the astronomer and also for this request^ I may be privileged to answer. The most important work of the astronomer necessarily is done at the observatory and at night. That being the case it is considered to tend both to economy and efficiency that he should reside at his place of work. The condition is not paralleled in the case of any other officer of the Department of the Interior, and it is not with the view of giving the astronomer- an advantage over any other officer of the department, but merely of putting him in a position whereby he can give the best and most work for the salary that he receives that this residence is being provided. It is not with a view of favouring the chief astronomer over any other officer, but merely to put him in a position whereby he can do the best and most work for his salary.
The chief astronomer receives a salary of $3,000 which will gradually go up to $4,000, and the Minister of Public Works tells -us that this house will be worth an additional thousand a year to him. Does not the Minister of the Interior see that if the reasons given by him are sound, then the three assistants should also be supplied with houses?