Mr. MACKENZIE KING:
It has been the practice for some years to pay a part of the salary of the High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom, under the statutory authority given by the High Commissioner's Act, and a part of it as a vote in the estimates of the Department of External Affairs. The principal object of this bill is to repeal the statutory authority contained in the High Commissioner's Act, so that the whole of the high commissioner's salary may, in future, be included in the departmental estimates. This change will establish a uniform practice with respect to the salaries of the representatives of Canada abroad.
As certain other minor amendments to the High Commissioner's Act were also desirable, it was considered advisable to repeal the existing statute and to renact it in the revised form, which would bring it into conformity with present usage and terminology.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.
Subtopic: AMENDMENTS WITH RESPECT TO PROVISION FOR SALARY, ETC.