Mr. Speaker, the object of thi'3 bill is to make liable to seizure a proportion of the *wages earned by any person employed in any shape, manner or form by the government. There is something intolerable under the present
system. A man earning a dollar and half a day as a labourer, doing sometimes the *most painful work on the street or elsewhere, is liable to have his wages seized if he owes any person, while a public official earning a much larger salary in a much easier way may laugh at his creditors. A few days ago there was lying sick in the hospital a poor man to whom were due three small bills. These bills were presented to the three debtors employed in the public service and earning from $1,200 to $2,000 a year, and not one of them would give even a penny to this poor man. I contend that the _ law should prevent such a denial of justice. I am aware that there are some objections to this legislation, but notwithstanding those objections I believe that the principle of justice and equal rights to all should prevail. I have studied the question somewhat and I intend to speak more fully upon it at the second reading. I contend we ought to end the present system, and in my opinion the best way is to amend the Civil Service Act, chap. 15 of the statute of 1908 by adding section as 4a the following:
All moneys or salaries due or accruing due to any person employed by the government of Canada shall be liable to attachment in each and every province in the Dominion of Canada according to the laws and rules of procedure in force in such province.