I will not insist further on that point, Mr. Speaker, but in due course I will obtain that information by means of questions placed on the order paper, and I shall be satisfied if I receive complete answers to those questions.
What I want my chief to understand, however, is that I have no personal grievance against Doctor Skelton, Doctor Clark or any other man in the service. What I am very much concerned about is the fact that daily the high officials of the civil service are acquiring greater importance at the expense of the government. This is a matter of great concern to me, because these men are responsible to no one. Many times when a
minister wants to get some information from these officials-and I am not referring to these two in particular-th'ey think they are superior individuals. They feel that members of the House of Commons count for nothing, though we are here, working daily, meeting people in all walks of life and trying to do our best for them. We need the civil service to help us in our work. That is my humble contention, and I am sure my chief agrees with me.
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