Mr. ROSS (Kingston):
I place myself on record against the action of the department in reducing the pay of the men in the permanent service. These men were enlisted at certain rates of pay for a certain period of time. Instead of living up to the contract the government is breaking faith with the men. It will be absolutely impossible to keep up a permanent force if this practice is continued. It would be altogether different if the reduction was applied to new enlistments, but, it is poor policy to cut the pay of men already engaged.