Perhaps I might make a
statement with regard to the resolution as it stands. The resolution, as well as the bill, which is based upon the resolution, is in accord with certain recommendations made by the royal commission investigating the Customs department. Perhaps I should offer an apology for the resolution being in the form in which it is at present, and I would like to remove some misconceptions that apparently have arisen from the text of the resolution itself.
The bill, which is founded upon the resolution, does not go nearly as far as the resolution does. The resolution itself calls for power to be given to the minister to make certain appointments. As a matter of fact, the bill does not give to the minister power to make any appointments whatsoever, although the commission recommended that such power be given to the minister. I may say, for the information of the committee, that whereas it was intended that such power should be given to the minister, I do not
care myself to go that distance, because I do not feel inclined to interfere any further than seems to me to be necessary with the work of the Civil Service Commission.
I would state what actually appears in the bill. The bill is printed; I am not sure whether it is on the file, but it is ready for consideration. Briefly, it does this: It asks that appraisers, who are technical officers in the Department of Excise, preventive officers, and special investigating officers be nominated bj' the minister. That is, the selection to be made by the minister, or by officers under his control, or by a committee, or, in the case of the appraisers, by the Dominion board of appraisers. The minister will make the nominations to the Civil Service Commission and the Civil Service Commission will make the appointments within a specified time.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENT AND SALARIES OF OFFICERS