It has been the custom
to commence these institutions or commissions by appointments made by the government of the day. That involves the government being censured for the appointments which may be made and criticisms may be offered so as to destroy public confidence in the body. If we desire to assure ourselves that political considerations will be eliminated, the panel system offers the only method. Should a vacancy occur it is contemplated that the remaining trustees along with the chairman of the Board of Rail-
way Commissioners and the president of the exchequer court shall prepare a list from which the appointments would be made. It seems to me that that is as far as you can hope to get if there is an earnest desire to eliminate purely political factors. I think the view of those who are responsible was that if we could we would remove temptation which might arise from the desire of those who felt they had claims upon the government to have such claims recognized by appointment to such a position as this. It is true that the government has a majority but if a substantial body of this committee is of the opinion that the panel system as indicated in this bill is not desirable, we are not concerned about it. However, I want to put it fairly to the committee.