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


John Howard Sinclair



I wish to call, attention to an answer which I received in this House during this session in regard to the frequent overriding of the Civil Service Act. It strikes me as an extraordinary circumstance.
The hon. gentleman will remember that when the Act was passed in 1908 it was drawn to the attention of the House that there would be cases in which experts were required for the service of the Government -eminent engineers, for example, coming from outside of Canada and entering the Government's service for a time. It was clear that it would not be practicable to submit such men to .examination. Clause 21 was put in the Act to enable the Government, by going through a certain process, to have men of that class appointed. I asked the question during the present session, how many men had been appointed in the different departments of the Government under section 21 since this Administration came into power, and the answer I received was that these appointments numbered 220. That is an alarming number. Of course, 220 experts were not appointed. A large number of appointments were made of men who were more than thirty-five years of age and could not be appointed under the terms of the Civil Service Act. But dozens and scores of these people were appointed in violation of the
Act, by calling them " experts." I would ask the Minister of Finance to look into this matter. If we are to have a Civil Service Act that is to be of any use it will not do to ignore its provisions in this way.

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