March 11, 1915 (12th Parliament, 5th Session)


Sir ROBERT BORDEN: (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. The language quoted consists of certain statements detached from their context hut is substantially correct.
2. To impress the importance of the subject upon the people and upon the Government then in power. The purpose had considerable success as the then Government within a few months thereafter introduced the reforms effected by the Civil Service Act of 1908.
3. Appointments have been made to the Civil Service since October, 1911. A return to he brought down as soon as the necessary information has been compiled will indicate the number.
4. Appointments to the inside service are made upon the certificate of the Civil Service Commission under the provisions of the Civil Service Act. Appointments to the outside service are made upon the responsibility of the Government and after careful inquiry as to the character and capacity of the individual selected. For the purpose of obtaining such information the Government is ready to receive assistance from members of Parliament or from other persons who are capable of giving reliable information as to such character and capacity. The recommendation of a member of Parliament or any other person is not alone or of itself sufficient for the appointment of a public officer, as character and capacity must be taken into consideration by the Government.
5. The public steps which have been taken by the Prime Minister are within the knowledge of the bon. member asking the question, as they are on record in Parliament. As to other steps which have not yet been made public, any necessary announcement will be made in due course.

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