For the use of labour saving machinery which this gentleman has invented and handed over to the postal department for use throughout Canada. This gentleman is employed on certificates renewed by the Civil Service Commission every three or four months; he is not a permanent employee.
Mr. .STEWART (Leeds): Was it part of his duty to go to the United States and investigate machines of this type?
-and in the course of his employment he obtained certain information through the inspection of machines in the United States which enabled him to take out a patent. It is proposed to pay him annually the sum of $6,500 as royalties upon these machines. I wonder if the committee really understands the situation. This man is paid as a civil servant. In the course of his duty he becomes familiar with certain machines patented in the United States, and he takes out certain patents while employed by this department. It is proposed to create the precedent of paying him annually, in addition to his salary and the expenses which he incurred in connection with these trips, the sum of $6,500.
He is a temporary employee whose employment is renewed every three or four months. I contend that this man having patented machinery which saves the postal department of Canada $90,000 per year, is entitled to something for his work. Not only is he entitled morally, but he is entitled under the law which governs these matters to a certain percentage of the value placed upon his patent.