Well, I was not consulted, and I was not aware of the circumstances until the appointment was made. Here you have a city of half a million people yet a man qualified to act as hardware appraiser could not - be chosen there but has to brought from three thousand miles away. If that does not prove that friendship and not fitness is operating in filling appointments to the Civil Service, I do not know where you can look for evidence of it. To my mind there could not be a more striking proof of my contention.
But, Sir, the same thing is happening in practically every quarter, and advertisements are only sent out as a matter of routine.-A man is picked for the job before the advertisement of the vacancy goes out. He is picked by somebody in this city, some official in the department. Why, Sir,' I have an advertisement here calling for a man to take charge of the fruit inspection for the district of Western Ontario, under the Department of Agriculture, the salary to be $2,000 per annum. The candidate is required to have a thorough knowledge and experience of fruits' and vegetables, from the standpoint of both growers and consumers, and to possess the confidence of the fruit trade generally. The man who had been acting as the local fruit inspector in that district had recommendations sent down to Ottawa by the score and he was qualified in every way for the position, but before the advertisement was issued a man was selected. What kind of a way is that to make appointments? Is that the method of appointment we were led to expect would be adopted when appointments were placed under the Civil Service Commission? As I say a man was selected for this position and he was appointed temporarily. He was kept on for six months, then his term
was extended, and afterwards the advertisement was issued because the Act requires it. The man chosen had been an American citizen before the last election in Canada and could not vote in that election. True he was Canadian-born, but he went across the line and was naturalized there. He returned to Canada, and was not entitled, as I say, to vote at the last election, but he happened to become naturalized here since. ' Then he takes precedence of men - who have lived here and have been serving this country, men who never ran away and were naturalized in a foreign country. This person is placed over qualified men because he is a friend of the officials. The understanding is that the late Mr. Johnson desired this man to be appointed. That is the way the Civil Service is operated.
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