Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, according to dispatches and reports appearing in this morning's newspapers, the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner), now the Minister of National War Services designate, is reported to have said in an interview yesterday that voluntary registration of every man and woman in Canada will be adopted over a four-day period during the last two weeks of August; and further, that Major General LaFleche is returning to Canada from England to be one of the deputy ministers in the new department, and with him, as joint deputy minister, will be Mr. Justice Davis, of the appeal court of Saskatchewan, already in Ottawa. May I ask the minister the following questions, of which I have sent him notice:
What are his proposals with respect to the taking of the national registration; and in particular-
(a) Will the country be divided into districts for registration purposes, and if so will the electoral districts be the basis of division?
(b) What public officials, if any, will be appointed to take the registration?
(c) Will an attempt be made to secure voluntary assistance as far as possible?
(d) How will those officials be appointed?
(e) What precautions will be taken to ensure that no patronage or partisanship will be exercised in connection with these appointments?
May I say most emphatically that the country is in no mood to tolerate partisan appointments. The first appointments made by the minister and announced last night are not such as to give the public confidence, either in the efficiency or in the non-partisanship of the administration of t'he department.
Subtopic: APPOINTMENTS AND PROCEDURE-ORGANIZATION OP WAR SERVICES DEPARTMENT