June 16, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)


Alan Webster Neill



The hon. member for Lunenburg (Mr. Duff) remarked that in 1911, 1 think he said, 14,000 civil servants had been dismissed and 25,000 or 26,000 had taken their places. The percentage in my district was greater than that. I have in recollection a man who was a civil servant and he resigned in 1912. The gentleman who took his place is getting 65 per cent more salary than he got; he has two assistants; there is less work, and it is being worse done. Whether it was in gratitude for that beneficence or on account of the idle time that he had, that gentleman was able to devote a great deal of time and misspent energy to boosting the candidature of the gentleman who was the candidate for the late government in the last election. I have no doubt that, under existing conditions, he will make it his business to do so in the next election.
I think the rest of my contribution to this debate might be put in the form of a little parable. Sometimes a homely truth can be brought home in that way better than by hours of argument and debate. The debate that has gone on this evening on this question reminds me very much of the story of Tom Smith's wagon. Tom Smith went to town with a team and a wagon. This was in British Columbia, and he visited the government "booze-joint" as we call it. It has some particular name, but I forget it.

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