June 1, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister presiding over the Department of Health; President of the Privy Council)



I can give a dozen
illustrations. Take, for example, the Agriculture Department. If the hon. gentleman will look at the report which was brought down to the House he will find a list of sixty or seventy, or more, persons who were to be appointed to all sorts of positions in the Agriculture Department, and that it took the commission on an average more than ninety days to make these appointments. Do you mean to say that in these circumstances the department

has not suffered? Or take the example given to the committee by the member for Lunenburg (Mr. Duff) where the commission was required to appoint a fishery inspector down in his part of the country. It took the commission, not weeks but months, to find a man for that position, and in the meanwhile the provisions of the statute required that certain duties should be performed by a fishery inspector in that district.

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