as he likes later. The Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, and perhaps the secretary-who were the only men connected with the commission that were examined-prefer that the present Act . shall stand and lbe given another year to demonstrate what can be done. The chairman, desires that because, by reason of the difficulties arising out of the reclassification, the Act has so far not had a chance to be shaken down into proper working order. If he cannot have that, then I am quite sure the chairman of the commission is quite willing to have some change made that will perhaps vary or qualify his power. I do not believe that he has any desire that the words referred to should be inserted in order to give him the power that would be given him under the amendment.
Now I contend further, that under section 38, of the present Act, the commission has all the power that it should be given in order to carry out the legitimate purposes of the statute. The commission have had the conviction and the impression that they should not lend themselves to the exercise of political patronage. That view is being recognized by the public. As to the degree to which they have been able to carry out that conviction in practice, members may have different opinions. For my part, I am under the impression that the commissioners have tried to carry out the Act honestly and in accordance with what was expected of them by Parliament. -
The report suggests that during the recess the commissioners themselves should consult the deputy heads of departments, with a view to deciding what other employees may be exempted from the operations of the commission. While I am entirely in accord with that proposa', they should not, in the meantime be given power to do as they please with regard lo these exemptions. I quite agree-as I chink all the members of the committee do -that there are certain employees who might very well be removed from the control of the commission.