It was all in the return that was brought down, but the newspapers left out the resignations. Nearly all these resignations were of correspondents of the Labour Gazette. As hon. members know, we have about sixty-six correspondents in the principal localities in Canada.
It has been stated in the debate that in one department alone seven hundred members of the Civil Service had resigned. I was for some years connected with the Government and I never knew there was such a virtue of resignation in human nature as I have found out since hon. gentlemen opposite came into office. But the people to whom the Alinister of Labour refers were not members of the Civil Service, but temporary employees to gather information for the minister.
Perhaps the right hon. gentleman has not noticed the exact wording of this order for a return: "How many employees of the Federal Government of Canada"-it is not confined to the Civil Service-" including all services and all departments." So it includes all employees.
Has the Alinister of Labour pursued the policy of the former Postmaster General, who has now gone to what we may call a higher sphere?. When that gentleman wished to get rid of anybody in his department, he sent him a letter telling ' him he had better resign, and enclosing a form of resignation. Did the Alinister of Labour follow that interesting and original method?
who was in the service of the department when I took charge of it has been dismissed. There was one whom I appointed, and with whom I took the course my turn, friend has spoken of-I intimated to him that unless he resigned we would dismiss him.
And does the number of new employees appointed set forth in the return include appointments to replace these people?
Mr. .CROTHERS: Yes. The return
showed 60 appointed, 21 dismissed, and 24 resigned-a total of 45 dismissed and resigned, 15 less than the number appointed. Of these 15 we appointed three additional fair wage officers, one at Vancouver, one at Winnipeg and one in Ontario. I have been urged to appoint another, and am considering the advisability of doing so. There is not so much work now, however, for the fair wage officers, and it is likely that no additional appointment will be made until the public works are somewhat revived. I have accounted for three of the fifteen; four of them were female correspondents of the Labour Gazette. There was a demand for female correspondents, whose duty would be especially to look after the interests of women and children, and as an experiment I appointed four in the four larger cities of Canada. They have proved a great success, and as soon as conditions are normal I intend to appoint female correspondents in other places as well. When we came into power there were five vacancies among the correspondents of the Labour Gazette. This accounts for twelve out of the fifteen, and we have appointed three additional officers in the statistical branch, which has expanded a great deal during the last three years. That accounts for the additional fif-
teen officers, the total of 60 being made up of 21 dismissals, 24 resignations and 15 new appointments.