May 17, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


John Gillanders Turriff



I am glad the Minister
of Finance and the Minister of Trade and Commerce are in their seats, because when I point out the facts of this case, I think they will see that it is only reasonable that this item should be withdrawn. What are the facts? Mr. Sherwood may be a very worthy young man; I do not happen to know him. He has been a sessional clerk for the last two years, and the late Speaker, Hon. Dr. Sproule, said that if he wanted to get into the service of one of the departments he would have to pass the usual examination. Mr. Sherwood has not passed that examination, and is therefore ineligible for this position. Some time ago I asked for the correspondence to be brought down in connection with this matter, and I find that on the 17th of January, 1916, the Clerk of the House wrote to the Civil Service Commission asking to have Mr. Sherwood appointed. This was done at the request of His Honour the Speaker. That letter was answered by the Civil Service, Commission on January 26, as follows:

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