September 15, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


Independent of the .executive but absolutely dependent upon parliament, but we have not that. We have simply a body of special servants of the government revocable at will. They can he removed, and will be removed, whenever
the government experience any dissatisfaction with them. How much are they going to cost ? Well, judging from the salaries that have been proposed for other commissioners, they will cost $6,000 a year apiece. That would be $18,000 for the salaries of the commissioners. And, when you defray their travelling expenses, and the salaries and expenses of their secretaries, assistant secretaries and the whole organization of this body distinct from the department of Railways, the yearly expense will not be far from $50,000 or $00,000. And yet, these men will not be more independent of the power of the government than a clerk in any of the departments.

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