The minister speaks of four special officers who are practically undersecretaries in his department, and I gather from what he has said that perhaps one of these might be assigned to the maritimes. Am I correct?
I think the policy shall be to appoint as fair wage officer a person who is in contact with and has the viewpoint of the interests of the various sections of Canada and knows the industry in which labour is employed. Mr. Martin held that position at Halifax and his services were dispensed IMr. I.anderyou.]
with by the late administration. The person appointed should be one who has knowledge of local conditions in the maritime provinces, if there is to be one for the three provinces, and is in sympathy with the industries there and with labour generally. When these juniors to be appointed have become acquainted with local conditions it might be wise-I do not say it would-to consider assigning them to these various duties, in order to keep down the expenditure of the department. But I concur in the view of the hon. member for St. John-Albert that at least a maritime man should be appointed who knows conditions there; that was the policy of the administration prior to 1930- and I suggest to the minister the viewpoint which has been expressed by the hon. member for St. John-Albert, and in which I believe my colleague the junior member for Halifax (Mr. Isnor), who I am sorry is not in his seat at the moment, would concur. I should be pleased to confer at any time with the minister and my colleague and any other hon. member from the maritime provinces to present our views and receive those of the minister.
I appreciate the offer of my hon. friend. I now have the information with respect to the apportionment of the 8150,000 among the provinces for the maintenance of employment services. These figures are for the fiscal year 1935-36:
Nova Scotia $ 4,040 13
11,678 60British Columbia
The federal subvention amounts to about 31 per cent of the gross expenditure on employment services.