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


George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not think we have heard from the minister in exculpation of his own department or any sufficient reason why there should be this extra employment. The whole matter seems to be that a rather expensive department, with what we supposed to be an up-to-date minister and staff, is not able to collate and bring before the committee the results of the legislation with regard to labour, so that the committee could have the material upon which to carry on its investigations. I think it is time that we should know what the Labour Department is going to do for the amount of money we are paying, which is yearly increasing. It seems to me that it should have intelligence enough to do this little bit of research and collation which is necessary to put certain information before the committee. I am not raising any objection against a small amount of money being expended for the purpose if it were absolutely necessary; what I am pointing out is that the Labour Department ought to be able to give at fairly short notice certain information which ought to be at the hands of that department at any [DOT] hour.

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