April 7, 1932 (17th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Hugh Guthrie (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Yes; reorganization is contemplated. We have two penitentiaries at Kingston. One of them is in course of construction, and has hitherto been referred to as the preferred class penitentiary. The name has been changed and it is now known as the Collins Bay penitentiary. That institution was controlled by an acting warden who had never been appointed to the wandenship. Formerly he had been an inspector on the penitentiary staff, and he has now returned to his duties as inspector at Ottawa. Another member of the staff named Allen, who was chief engineer, has been appointed warden of the Collins Bay penitentiary. Warden Ponsford of Kingston penitentiary has retired. The position is now vacant. There is an acting warden in that penitentiary, a man who has been for a long time on the penitentiary staff, but the appointment will be filled by the Civil Service Commission. The advertisement for that position has recently been current, and I think applications are all in and are now under consideration. I do not know what the determination of the commission will be in that respect. There is also another change through the retirement of General Hughes, who for many years was superintendent of penitentiaries. That position is likewise vacant and an advertisement is current by the Civil Service Commission to fill it.

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