along hesitated to see the necessity of establishing provincial employment offices but has co-operated in the maintenance of municipal employment offices. I understand that at the St. John office they do provide the premises, the staff being chosen. by the municipality, and the same arrangement prevails at Moncton and Chatham. The federal government pays no more than fifty per cent of the maintenance of these offices. I feel sure that no officer of the Department of Labour ever waited on a gentleman who was conducting an employment office at Fredericton and intimated to him that he should discontinue the office. It is true that the underlying intent of the act is to do away so far as possible with private employment agencies. All the western provinces have discontinued theirs; in Ontario I think about eleven still remain. Generally they have been pretty well abolished all over Canada.
it privately; I do not want to injure the gentleman. But the minister's answer is hardly a reply to the query I made as to what is the attitude of the department in respect to the establishment of employment offices by private individuals in localities where no public offices are maintained.
which the provincial government has control. Our suggestion to them would be, as it has been to all provinces, to discontinue the private employment agencies and co-operate with the federal government in the maintenance of proper employment offices under government regulation and control.
I approve of that policy, but in the absence of any initiative on the part of the provincial government, what is a community to do? The only solution I can see is for the department to extend its operations into that community.