From my reading and also from my experience with the service in Ottawa, I am inclined to believe that the deputy minister should have very strong discretionary powers. There is a great deal said in the country and in the newspapers about the civil service. I want to give my practical experience. I came here a number of years ago, green and unsophisticated as far as the civil service is concerned. I must say I never met more courtesy anywhere, than I have met in the civil service in the different departments. They were always willing to tell what should be done and to help you in every possible way, and from the deputies down I never experienced anything but the greatest possible courtesy. I assume that the deputy minister must have the running of his department. By this change you are possibly taking out the very fibre of your civil service, because you place in the hands of men who I might say have no sympathy with the service, very wide powers. I would say to give as far as possible discretionary powers to the deputy head. I wish to- pay this tribute to the civil service in Ottawa ; I believe it is as good a service as can be found anywhere, and I wish to raise my voice in protest against much that has been said throughout the country by newspapers and speakers about reform of the civil service. The civil service as a rule are much superior possibly to the people who appoint them. I doubt very much if there are many men in the service who have proved recreant to their trust after their appointment.
Topic: CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT.