Hon. C. H. CAHAN (Secretaiy of State):
On the orders of the day I wish to reply to an inquiry made yesterday by the hon. member for Southeast Grey (Miss Macphail). I am instructed that in connection with the examination now being held by the civil service commission for clerks, grade 4, with university graduation, there appears to be a certain amount of misunderstanding. This is not a new class but one which has been in existence for several years, and positions in the class in general are not limited to university graduates nor to members of the male sex. The positions for which the current examination is being held, however, are suitable for men only, and on that account this particular examination was limited to male candidates, the commission feeling that it would be unfair to invite applications from female candidates when no positions were at present available for them. For positions in w'hich female appointees will be suitable, however, the examinations will be open to them.