Mr. MACLEAN (Halifax):
At 6 o'clock I understood the Minister of Immigration and vice-chairman of the select committee (Mr. Calder) to say that the whole question at issue, in relation to the report of the committee on this Bill was whether the Civil Service Commission were to make all appointments to the public service, or whether some services were to ibe excluded from the operation of the Act. In a sense, that is true, because I think we all agree that, in some circumstances at least, it might be deemed advisable to withdraw certain sections of the public service from the Civil Service Act; but I do not think that is the issue in the section now before the committee for decision. The Bill contains the words "In the public interest," and the member for North Waterloo (Mr. Euler) has moved that they be struck out. I agree with that amendment. I think that the section as it stands in the Act of 1918, without these words, is sufficient to accomplish the purposes which we all agree upon, namely, that if it is in the public interest, or in the interest of a section of
the public service, to withdraw certain classes from the operation of the Act, the power is now amply set forth in the Act, and there is no need of making any further amendment.