I wonder why the minister is there. We may quite as well have this put before us simply by the deputy. The minister does not answer my question at all. Since he has taken office, has he retired one officer of his department, or has he not? I do not know of any way of answering that question except "yes" or "no".
enthusiasm for economy such that he feels he could make some reduction in the Public Archives? I do not wish to say a word against the retention of the work of the archives; every country must provide for its archives. Still, if the minister is consumed with a passion for economy, the reproductive activities of the country would not be at all impaired if economy was applied to the Department of Public Archives.
of this Dominion should be extended rather than curtailed. We have in the person of Dr. Doughty, deputy minister of this branch, a man who has done splendid service and who has collected a great mass of data regarding matters relating to the whole Dominion. I have had a number of compliments paid to Dr. Doughty through me on the splendid work that he has performed. I have not yet had an opportunity of studying the department myself; but if there is an opportunity of making any reductions or bringing about economy, I would be very glad to assist and co-operate with all hon. members. I feel it would be a splendid thing and an afternoon, not lost, if every hon. gentleman would make it a point to visit the Archives branch some afternoon in order to see the splendid work carried on by it. I take no credit for the work myself; but I feel that we have in Dr. Doughty a gentleman who is doing splendid work in this branch. I am sure, if I have the privilege of presiding ever this branch for another year, I shall be able to give more information to the committee in regard to it. If there is any reduction my right hon. friend could suggest that could be made without interfering with the work of the branch, I should be glad to consider it.
The third official in the list is the Assistant Director of War Trophies. These war trophies would, I should think, have been distributed months ago amongst the various municipalities and public bodies to which they were destined. In my province, you will see them dotted all over the landscape, and we are very proud to have them. Is this man to be a permanent employee of the department, and are we to keep him forever at a salary of $3,360? There would seem to be an opportunity for the minister to exercise that disposition of which he has just given verbal testimony.
I cannot give my hon. friend the information. I do not know whether they had a book binder there, or whether his services have been dispensed with or not. The item is a small one, and I fancy the books will be bound whether this official is kept at this wage or not.
Would it not be likely that, under the efficiency efforts of the late government in the improvement of the Printing Bureau, in the gathering together of a large number of miscellaneous small printing plants under the bureau and the reduction of the cost of that establishment, this work is performed now at the Printing Bureau instead of at the Archives?