Last year the Minister of the Interior was not able to take charge of the Bill, for reasons which we all regretted, and it was in the hands of the Minister of Labour, who was acting Minister of the Interior. When the Bill came before the House, I urged that if the scrip were worth $500 up to the 31st of October, it should be worth that amount after the 31st of October, and I asked the acting minister that he should name a day, subsequent to the date on which the scrip might be located, for the redemption in money. The acting minister said that the 31st of October was the last day for the redemption in money, and he would not consider the suggestion I made, but which evidently has impressed itself upon the mind of the minister (Mr. Roche): that there should be extension of time given for the payment of the money. What reasons
have impressed themselves upon the present minister, to have additional legislation this year, which did not occur to tne acting minister last year?
Resolution reported, read the first and the second time, and agreed to.
Mr. ROCHE thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 98, to amend the Volunteer Bounty Act, 1908, and Acts amending the same.
The House in Committee of Supply. Mr. Blondin in the Chair.
Excise-Salaries of officers and inspectors of excise, and to provide for increase depending on the result of excise examinations, $565,278.75.
bother the minister when this item was under consideration last night, but there are some things I would like to know now. Are these promotion examinations conducted under the Civil Service Commission; who sets the questions and passes upon the papers?
The increase of $37,471.75 i.3 for deputy collectors-class B. The increase especially for the third-class' officers is $10,975. The new appointments in that class are: A. Boucher, J. A. Oliver, John Fry, F. H. Farnsworth, E. McNally, G. X.
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4 p.m. Prevosfc, J. Prevost, G. O'Neil, P. E. C. Joubert, Geo. Boux, B. M. Miller. They reach respectively $700 and $800 a year.
There is a regular increase by regulation for about thirteen employees, receiving an increase of $100 a year for a portion of a year. Some receive $75 for nine months; others $50 for five or six months, * and the balance $25 for three months.