March 27, 1915

LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

If the minister is so limited in his accommodation how does he explain the large increase in the number of employees? Where does he find room to put them all?

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

I have two new buildings. The number of employees has increased but it will be seen from the figures which I have given that the output has also considerably increased.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Is that so? While the total amount of the printing done has increased, the amount done outside is enormously large, over $400,000. Could the minister give us the figures for the work actually done in the printing bureau during the last three years so that we may see how one compares with the other?

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

The total increase of printing work outside and inside is about $300,000, and the increase in the amount paid for work done outside is about $100,000. The inside output is larger than it was before, there being an increase of about $250,000 a year.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Does the minister think that this inside increase requires the addition of 300 employees ?

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

These 300 employees have been brought in during different years.

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

No; we have brought them in during the last three years. With the increase in the number of employees there has been a large increase in the output of the printing bureau.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

Are these employees kept on during the whole year or are they laid off at certain seasons of the year ?

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

I have not yet been able to put them out.

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

Yes, it is not because I should do it, but it is because we need them all the year round. During the session, when night work is done, we are obliged to take on a few men temporarily. Of course, when the session is over, they have to go. These are the only exceptions.

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

The staff is kept at about the same number, because the number taken on temporarily during the session is very small. The work executed by the bureau in 1913-14 amounted to $1,184,185.86, and in 1912-13 to $974,622, so that there was an increase of more than $200,000 for

the last year. In 1913-14 the work done outside amounted to 8412,000, and in 1912-13 to 8300,000. In that case there was an increase of 8112,000.

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

Yes. They do not come under the Act of 1908. We do not have to go to the Civil Service Commission for certificates. They are recommended by those who know them and by the King's Printer. If they prove to be good, they remain in the Bureau. If they are not able to do the work, they have to leave.

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

Printers, binders, packers, type-setters, operators on linotype and monotype machines.

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LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

Is the political line very closely followed? Is it possible for a Grit, man or woman, to get into the Printing Bureau? Is it an open shop, so to speak?

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CON

Louis Coderre (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CODERRE:

I believe that the Conservatives are more numerous than they were; but even to-day there is a large number of old hands and new hands belonging to the party of my hon. friend the member for Bonaventure (Mr. Marcil).

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March 27, 1915