Mr. Jack Marshall (Humber-St. Georges-St. Barbe):
I wish to move a motion under the terms of Standing Order 43 on a matter which I deem to be of urgent and pressing necessity. The chairman of the Public Service Commission, Mr. John J. Carson, in addressing the joint committee of the Senate and House of Commons on employer-employee relations in the public service, requested consideration of the removal of preferences to veterans of the two world wars and the Korean war and expressed his feeling that preference to these citizens was no longer consistent with today's intent of the merit principle.
This unpatriotic utterance is certainly not in keeping with Canada's commitment to the veterans of Canada and expresses a lack of humanity on the part of the chairman, which should be one of the qualities that his important position should require. I therefore move, seconded by the hon. member for Victoria-Haliburton (Mr. Scott):
That this House orders that the government make a statement on motions to declare their position on the preferential status of veterans of Canada in seeking employment in the public service, and if that position is contrary to the feelings of the chairman of the Public Service Commission that he should be asked to account or resign.
Subtopic: PUBLIC SERVICE
Sub-subtopic: SUGGESTED REMOVAL OF PREFERENTIAL STATUS OF VETERANS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT-REQUEST FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO MOVE MOTION