June 8, 1917

BANK ACT AMENDMENT.


On motion of Sir Thomas White (Minister of Finance), Bill No. 65, to amend the Bank Act, was read the second time and referred to the Select Standing Committee on Banking and Commerce.


CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT.


On motion of Sir Thomas White, Bill No. 68, to amend the Civil Service Act, was read the second time.


SUPPLY.


The House in Committee of Supply, Mr. Rainville in the Chair. Fisheries-Building fishways and clearing rivers, $30,000.


CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

WThen I was in committee before with my estimates I told the hon. member for Guysborough (Mr. Sinclair) that when my estimates came up again I would give him a statement of the number of appointments made in the Department of Marine and Fisheries under section 21 of the Civil Service Act. This is the statement :-

Captain Louis Arthur Demers, wreck commissioner, aged 55, was appointed on the 2nd of May, 1916, at a salary of $3,300 per annum. His present salary is $3,400 per annum. He entered the outside service of the department on the 11th of October, 1904, after having served some twelve years with fishery cruisers; he was transferred to the inside service on 1st September, 1908,

and appointed wreck commissioner on the 1st August, 1910. He resigned to 'become harbour master at Montreal on the 1st June, 1912. When Captain Lindsay, his successor as wreck commissioner, was placed in charge of the Montreal and Quebec pilotage the office of wreck commissioner became vacant, and an view of Captain Demers' special qualifications for the position he was reappointed thereto.

Mr. Thomas Robert Ferguson, chairman of the Board of Steamship Inspection, entered the outside service of the department in May, 1889. On the superannuation of Chairman Edward Adams, the officer who, by length of service, efficiency and technical qualifications, was entitled to succeed him, was Mr. Ferguson, who was at that time inspector of Government steamships at Quebec, and the department so recommended. Mr. Ferguson is 51 years of age. The date of his appointment as chairman of the 'board is 8th May, 1913; salary on appointment, $2,800 per annum; present .salary, $3,200 per annum.

Mr. George Herbert Flood, aged 56, was appointed purchasing and contract agent 1st December, 1915, at a salary of $3,300 per annum. His present salary is $3,500 per annum. Prior to his appointment as purchasing and contract agent Mr. Flood had been the agent of the department at St. John, N.B., since November, 1909. On the resignation of Mr. Cecil Doutre as purchasing and contract agent, the department considered Mr. Flood's experience as agent at St. John, and also as a former business man, specially fitted him for the vacant position, and, after the issue of a certificate of qualification by the Civil Service Commission, the department recommended him for the position of purchasing and contract agent.

Mr. Hope Vere Anderson, aged 27, was transferred from the Department of Mines to the Department of Marine by Order in Council on the 5th September, 1913; salary on appointment $1,600 per annum, present salary $1,750. The services of a mechanical engineer were required iij. the chief engineer's branch of the department, and the Civil Service Commissioners recommended Mr. Anderson for the position; he was accordingly appointed.

Mr. Arnt Christian Andresen, aged 32, was appointed by Order in Council of the 18th May, 1914, to the chief engineer's branch of the department at a salary of $1,200 per annum; he now receives $1,250 per annum. He is at present in a Canadian Battalion on overseas service in France.

His appointment was recommended by the Civil Service Commissioners in response to an application for a clerk with the special qualifications above mentioned.

Mr. Joseph Henry Vaughan, aged 39, has been in the service of the department since June, 1908. His salary on appointment to his present position was $1,600 per annum. He has not yet received any increase. On the superannuation of Mr. M. D. Kelly, a clerk in the office of the purchasing and contract branch, the department requested the Civil Service Commissioners to advertise the vacancy. Having regard to the special qualifications required for the duties of the position, they recommended Mr. Vaughan, and his appointment was authorized by Order in Council.

Those are the only appointments in the Marine and Fisheries Department made under section 21 since I became minister of that department. I have not here a list of the appointments in the Department of Naval service, but when the Naval Service Estimates are up, I will make a statement to the House covering those appointments

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

I have a very strong

complaint from Mr. Kendall at Port Al-berni, B.C. Section 5 of the special Fishery Regulations for British Columbia provides that:

The Chief Inspector of Fisheries for the province is hereby empowered to cancel a fishery license forthwith for a violation of the regulations or conditions of the license by the licensee or by his representative who may be operating under such license for him.

That is a very drastic provision; it places the licensee entirely in the hand-s pf the Chief Inspector of Fisheries for the province. I am informed that there is no such provision in the Nova Scotia Fishery Regulations. I recognize that the chief inspector should have pretty large powers, but there ought to be some provision whereby proceedings might be stayed so that an appeal could be taken to the deputy minister at Ottawa. I am told that the chief inspector in British Columbia in the district in which Mr. Kendall's operations are carried on seems to have a spite against that gentleman and is acting vea-y arbitrarily, and Mr. Kendall complains very bitterly. The most I can do is to ask the minister to look into the matter, and also if he does not think there should be some provision for staying proceedings so that an appeal may be made, if it is thought desirable to make one. Otherwise, an inspector who might be so disposed, might ruin a licensee.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

This case has bedn before

me off and on for a number of years, it has been reported on not only by Mr. Cunningham, our chief fishery officer in British Columbia, who is an old and experienced official, but by our fishery officers here. I shall be glad to show the hon. member the whole correspondence, and perhaps he will then be satisfied that it was impossible to take any other action than has been taken hy the department.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY:

Will the minister sh.ow the papers to Senator Bostook who is familiar with this matter?

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

I have asked Mr. Found

to make a note of the matter, and I shall he glad to send the file of papers to Senator Bostock so that he may look into it himself.

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George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

Has there been any increase in the number of fishery officers in Nova Scotia during the last year?

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

No.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

The number in the county of Richmond is twenty-six, but I have not their names here.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

It is the same number as last year.

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George William Kyte

Liberal

Mr. KYTE:

Perhaps-but a very considerable increase over the number of a few years ago. I would like a list of them. The department have been good enough to furnish me with a list in the past.

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

Certainly. I have asked

Mr. Found to have a list prepared and sent to the hon. gentleman.

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June 8, 1917