Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):
I beg leave to present parliamentary return, reference 108, asked for by the hon. member for Mackenzie (Mr. Nicholson), for a copy of all letters, telegrams and other documents with respect to leave of absence, resignation and reappointment of S. T. Shabbits of Canora, Saskatchewan, during the year 1940.
While there is no objection to the production of the correspondence in this case, nevertheless it is not considered generally in the public interest to produce inter-office correspondence, and the production in this case is not to be taken as a precedent.
It is to be noted that the Canadian Farm Loan Board has been constituted by parliament as a body corporate and politic and is vested with full control over the employment and dismissal of all its employees other than chief executive officers whose appointments are subject to the approval of the governor in council. The board, moreover, is charged with the responsibility of carrying on its operations on a self-sustaining financial basis and does not come to parliament for an appropriation of funds for administrative expenses.
Subtopic: CORRESPONDENCE WITH RESPECT TO EMPLOYMENT OP S. T. SHABBITS