That the House do tomorrow go into Committee of the Whole to consider the following proposed resolution:
That it is expedient to amend the Admiralty Act, chapter one hundred and forty-one of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1906, and to provide that the Governor in Council may, from time to time, appoint for any admiralty district one or more deputy local
judges, and revoke such appointments; appoint for any district or registry division of any district a deputy registrar; and when the local judge of the Quebec Admiralty district resides in Montreal, the deputy local judge residing in Quebec shall be paid the salary which he would have received if he were the local judge of the district; and when the local judge resides at Quebec, the deputy local judge residing at Montreal shall receive the salary which he would have received if he were the local judge of the district; but not more than one deputy local judge in any district shall Teceive a salary.
He said: His Excellency the Governor General has been informed of the subject matter of this resolution, and has been pleased to recommend the same to the consideration of the House.
I think the House has a right to a better answer than that. I used the term "makeshift" because it was the name the Prime Minister himself applied a few years ago to a similar arrangement. I think the Prime Minister owes it to the House to say what his intentions are as to time in this regard-how long he expects it will be before there will be a regularly constituted minister in charge of this department. The House is in .session and the need of a regularly constituted minister is much greater than if the House were not in session.
I do not thinlc the House has been embarrassed in any way, in view of the arrangement at the present time. My hon. friend will appreciate that, in the matter of filling a cabinet vacancy, the Prime Minister must be allowed sufficient time. I do not think it is imperative to fill the vacancy at the present time.
I know the Prime Minister must be allowed sufficient time, but all I am asking is, not that he be not allowed the time, but that he advise the House as nearly as he can what time he considers necessary.