If we are going to aid in the winning of this war in every way possible we must do so by conserving what we can of the taxes of the people and directing them towards war expenditure. The minister told me a moment ago that he could take some men in his department and utilize them for the purpose of collating the information that is to be got from the different provincial clearing houses. I can understand that. But what I want to direct the minister's attention to is the fact that he must have in his department employees who are at present free from work of any kind. I presume he must have had up to a few days ago. For instance, he had a cost of living examiner or commissioner. He found, for one reason or another, that he could dispense with this gentleman's services and he did dispense with them. I am not criticising the minister at the present moment for dispensing with his services. That may come up later.. But we know that he dispensed with his services and he has given the further information to the newspapers in Toronto that he would not be inclined to take him back because he had submitted what he had written to the Commissioner and he had received certain answers. If the commissioner was not necessary he should not have been kept on. He could not have been, necessary because he has not been replaced. If the commissioner was not necessary the staff employed by him cannot be necessary and therefore could easily be dispensed with. This staff, for instance, might be given the work_ of collating this information and some saving might be made in that way. On the other hand, we find that every time a Bill such as this is proposed, which purports to create some bureau or service, we have enormous expenditures. Take, for instance, the cost of the Food Controller's office. That is costing the country, I dare say, millions of dollars per year. There is a staff of hundreds and they are paid thousands and thousands of dollars, a great deal of which money could be saved to the people of the country and diverted directly to war channels. I would ask the minister if he has in his mind, as a result of the passage of this Bill, the idea of creating a new staff other than that which he has in his department in order to carry
on tile work of what he styles a clearing house, or if he will give to the House an assurance that no outside help will be taken in and that the work will be done by employees of this department under the salaries they are getting now.