Will tbe Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) say whether there is any foundation for the despatch sent from Ottawa to La Patrie, Montreal, to the effect that after March 31 no civil servant will be granted a pension under the Calder Act unless he has resigned before that date?
This is the first intimation I have had of the despatch in question and I know of no foundation for it. I should not like, however, to reply to my hon. friend without having an opportunity to look into the matter. I will let him know on Monday.
There has been some conference between the whips as to the size of the committee, and there has1 been a little difficulty in securing a general agreement on the matter. I understand that a committee of the same size, and probably of the same personnel, as that of last year may now be named. I hope on Monday to be able to give to the House the names.
I did not expect that the estimates of the Department of the Interior would be taken up to-day. The Interior estimates have not been called on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday as yet. Heretofore I have always agreed, but we are not in a position to do so now. I did not know until to-day that the government had mentioned Interior estimates. Certainly they have no right to go into them to-day.
This does not mean that the 'activities of the branch will be lessened. This appropriation is merely for the Ottawa staff and equipment. The staff will be found over the Birks building on Sparks street. It is hoped a slight reduction may be obtained without any curtailment of the activities which come under the next item, which has to do with what, I think, my hon. friend is interested in. It. has been thought that possibly we can reduce this appropriation by not extending the number of specimens as actively as we have done and not putting out so much literature. There is a good deal of criticism about the quantity of bulletins issued, much of which it is said is not read. Something may be said in that regard, but, I hope that class of work will continue, although it may not be as pronounced as in the past.
In view of the ruling of the Chair the other day that when we move to strike out any portion of a vote, we cannot show what the object of the motion is, I am inclined to think we shall have to ask that the resolutions be printed differently, so that we may know exactly what we are doing. In the meantime, short of that, short of having proper information, and in view of that ruling, I now ask the minister to let us know, first, what is the object of this vote, who gets the money and what it is for; and second, how much was spent last year.
some extent answered the question, if I confine myself to the memorandum I have, that will be more concise. These are the specific purposes:
Printing bulletins, circulars, leaflets and reports. Stationery, .printing and bookbinding.
Apparatus, scientific supplies and field equipment. Under this heading is included an amount to purchase further insect cases, drawers and steel cabinets for the national collection and divisional working collections of insects.
Maintenance of library, periodicals and books, general supplies, chemicals, etc.
A slight reduction in the amount of each one of these items, we think, will bring about the reduction in the whole appropriation. A considerable amount of this is spent in what we call trays or drawers in which the entomological specimens are mounted. A good deal of care is required in collecting and having them properly mounted and established in these cases, and then they are
put away in casings for the purpose of reference and identification. The principal saving, however, will be in the bulletins, and there will be a little slackening of the work wherever that can be accomplished without neglect of the outside service which is dealt with in the next item. This item has nothing to do with salaries; it has to do simply with the maintenance of the office in connection with these specimens, bulletins and the various other items to which I have referred.