February 2, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)


As a member of the committee to which this question was referred, I desire to say that we felt that if we were to properly discharge our duties it was necessary to obtain some outside assistance. The committee asked the hon. Minister of Labour to see if his department could furnish the assistance. He said that it could not, and, having regard to the nature of assistance we required, which was of a semi-legal character, it did not seem unreasonable to the committee that some outside assistance should be secured. That assistance was procured in the person of a gentleman who has appeared before the committee at the various sittings and who, in the opinion of the committee, has given entire satisfaction. It was felt by the members of the committee, eleven in number, that they could not devote sufficient of their time and attention to the work to do it complete justice. Most of the gentlemen were sitting on other select committees, all of them on the general committees, and I, as a member of

that committee, felt that I could not give it that personal attention necessary to investigate the various sources of legislation in other countries that, in my opinion, it required, and the other members of the committee felt that they were unable to give proper consideration to the measure. That being the view of the committee, this gentleman's services were, by unanimous consent, procured and he is performing his work. If it is not usual to procure services such as this gentleman is rendering, well and good; that is another matter entirely, but his services were procured because it was felt by the committee that some such assistance was necessary. He is giving the committee the assistance it had been looking for, and which it requires in order to give proper consideration to the matter referred to.

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