March 16, 1926

LIB
CON
LIB

Georges Henri Boivin (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BOIVIN:

No, I frankly admit I did

not hear any name.

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LIB

William Duff (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

I think we are getting

some distance away from the item.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER:

Can the minister give us

the name of one sheriff in Nova Scotia who has been dismissed by the Nova Scotia government? He has made the statement that practically all of them were dismissed. I do not think it is a fair statement to go to the country because it is not true.

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LIB
CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER:

Nor in New Brunswick

either. Not one-tenth or one-twentieth of the officials have been dismissed in Nova Scotia.

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LIB

Georges Henri Boivin (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BOIVIN:

I hope my hon. friend will allow me to refer him to the hon. member for York-Sunbury (Mr. Hanson), who told us that those who had not gone would go soon.

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CON
CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

They have not gone yet?

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CON
LIB

William Duff (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

Order. I must call the attention of both the minister and the hon. gentleman who has just spoken to the fact that we are going beyond-

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LIB

Georges Henri Boivin (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BOIVIN:

I am sure, Mr. Chairman,

you will allow me to apologize, if an apology is necessary, to my hon. friends from Nova Scotia whom I may have offended. I will admit that I relied only on verbal reports and that I should not have introduced that subject here, although I was led astray by a remark made by the leader of the opposition concerning my Liberal friends and the appointment

of Liberals. It was not my intention to divert the attention of the committee from the item before us and I certainly am sorry if I have not been fair to the new governments of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

Have any representations

been made to the minister with respect to the necessity for new officials on that part of the coast line of New Brunswick bordered by the gulf of St. Lawrence? St. Pierre and Miquelon are very close to that border and the information I have is that immense quantities of liquor are being brought from those French islands to ports on the gulf of St. Lawrence with practically no let or hindrance. So far as I know the department over which the minister has the honour to preside has not appointed a single new preventive officer in that locality and there is no prevention of the smuggling of liquor from those points. I should also like to know how many female examiners are paid under this vote and where they are located. Are they part of a flying squadron? At the port of St. Stephen we have had visits on occasions from some of these female examiners and they throw great trepidation into the heart of the ordinary housewife who walks across the bridge from time to time.

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LIB

Georges Henri Boivin (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BOIVIN:

These ladies in the department bear the title of female searchers. There are three in British Columbia and six or seven in Ontario. There are none now in the Maritime provinces, but an application has been made for the appointment of one at St. Stephen. This application is now pending before the Civil Service Commission, by whom the appointment will be made.

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CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

The department has made

an application?

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LIB

Georges Henri Boivin (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BOIVIN:

Yes, for the appointment

of an officer there.

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CON
LIB
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

What about my question

as to the appointment of more preventive officers on the New Brunswick coast bordering on the gulf?

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March 16, 1926