February 14, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)



I am quite willing to give that information. I have already said that the general statistics vote was applied to the payment of a staff engaged in that work. Of that staff there are a number who have been there for years, who are practically permanent. The names of some of these are Messrs. Munroe, Watts and Pelletier and Miss Ross. These have been paid out of this vote the same as in former years. I think that Mr. Pelletier was appointed three or four years ago, hut the others were all members of the staff when I came into office. There is almost infinite work to be done in preparing tables giving in form to be used by the public, information from the census schedules. Much work of that kind has been done by this staff within the last few months, and this may appear in the last volume of the census. It is not really census work. The census volumes could have been published on the 1st of July last. But the volumes were not all printed. All but two were not as complete as they are now, but they were as complete as census volumes need to he. This preparation of tables of which I have spoken' Is statistical work pure and simple. It is a kind of work which, I hope, if this Act is passed, to have carried on all the time from one census to another. It is for

work of that kind that I retained a portion of the staff who had been employed on the census, knowing them to be experienced in that kind of work and being aware of what they could do. I had no intention of hiding what was done, and thought I had given the hon. gentleman (Mr. Taylor) the information he asked for in as complete form as be could expect. I have nothing to hide in the matter. If this Act is passed, I will have officers working for the next five years in the compilation, or rather tabulation-for I prefer to reserve the word compilation for the census work for publication in the census volume-in the tabulation of information drawn from the census. That is, to a large extent-but not altogether-the work which these clerks have been doing for the last six months who are paid out of the vote for general statistics. I say frankly that, in doing that work they did finish a small part of the compilation of the census volumes which was not quite complete on the 1st of July last. But it is statistical work within the proper meaning of that term.

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