I was not a member of the committee, but evidently the matter did not come before it in all its phases. I presume it would have to consider the regulations adopted by certain departments whereby they extend the territory. Take, for instance, the main post office in Ottawa. It is included in a certain zone, so that persons, even from a district outside the city limits, can apply for an Ottawa position and still be considered as being residents of the Ottawa district. The
same thing applies in the case of the Department of National Revenue. In New Brunswick, Saint John being the head office for the Department of National Revenue, it has happened, and it can happen again, that people in Saint John city may apply and become revenue officers or subcollectors of customs in the county of Charlotte, just as in the case brought up by the hon. member for that constituency. In the past that was not considered a violation of the act or regulations. Of course there is no provision in this clause to meet that situation. This is no time to try to amend the bill in that respect, but I would suggest that the provision be allowed to operate for a year and then, if any injustices occur, we can amend it.