March 18, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Raymond Ducharme Morand

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MORAND:

Mr. Chairman, as I notice the Minister of Customs is very anxious to save money, I wonder if he has ever thought of the feasibility of combining the immigration and customs officials at the port of AVindsor? AVe have there two different sets of officers, under two different departments, doing work that could easily be done by the same men. I do not want to see these men put out of employment, but it seems to me that in course of time, instead of appointing new men under two different departments, the work could be combined and done' quite effectively by one set of men. That would also save a lot of trouble to the people passing backwards and forwards between Detroit and AVindsor, many thousands of whom are crossing every day. I was just wondering whether this had ever been thought of, because it does seem to me that is one place where something could be saved.
There is another thing that strikes me particularly with regard to that port, where we have a very large customs entry. I am told, and I believe I am credibly informed, that when an officer at that particular port requires even a whisk, it is necessary for him to send in a requisition to the department at Ottawa, and wait perhaps two or three weeks for authorization to buy a small article of that kind. I think a small amount of petty cash should be kept on hand at the local office for this purpose, .to save the time of the officers filling in requisitions for small articles of this kind.

Topic:   LIST OF OFFICES AND SUB-OFFICES IN ONTARIO FROM WHICH VESSELS ARRIVE AND DEPART
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