Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):
So far as my influence goes, as regards whatever readjustments may be necessary-because that is all that I can conceive will happen-we will seek to place the men, if they are not required in that service, in some other branch of the government. If that is not possible, of course some very reasonable consideration should be given them. I am speaking not only of the Soldier Settlement Board, but the Immigration department and the Department of the Interior, and I have notified the Civil Service Commission that positions should be filled by men and women who may find themselves out of employment in these various branches that are to be reduced. In that way we hope to absorb many of the employees who will suffer on account of reductions of staff. As regards the Soldier Settlement Board personnel, undoubtedly they are best fitted for carrying on and will carry on the work in the future as they have done in the past, except as they are surplus, and the latter we shall seek to absorb in the other branches.