Charles A. STEWART

STEWART, The Hon. Charles A., P.C.

Parliamentary Career

February 28, 1922 - September 5, 1925
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  Argenteuil (Quebec)
  • Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs (December 29, 1921 - June 28, 1926)
  • Minister of the Interior (December 29, 1921 - June 28, 1926)
  • Minister of Mines (December 29, 1921 - June 28, 1926)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (February 20, 1922 - August 16, 1923)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
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  Edmonton West (Alberta)
  • Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs (December 29, 1921 - June 28, 1926)
  • Minister of the Interior (December 29, 1921 - June 28, 1926)
  • Minister of Mines (December 29, 1921 - June 28, 1926)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (November 13, 1925 - June 28, 1926)
September 14, 1926 - May 30, 1930
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  Edmonton West (Alberta)
  • Minister of the Interior (September 25, 1926 - August 6, 1930)
  • Minister of Mines (September 25, 1926 - August 6, 1930)
  • Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs (September 25, 1926 - June 18, 1930)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (December 30, 1929 - June 26, 1930)
November 2, 1926 - May 30, 1930
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  Edmonton West (Alberta)
  • Minister of the Interior (September 25, 1926 - August 6, 1930)
  • Minister of Mines (September 25, 1926 - August 6, 1930)
  • Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs (September 25, 1926 - June 18, 1930)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (December 30, 1929 - June 26, 1930)
July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
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  Edmonton West (Alberta)
  • Minister of the Interior (September 25, 1926 - August 6, 1930)
  • Minister of Mines (September 25, 1926 - August 6, 1930)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2203 of 2203)


March 28, 1922

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Let me read the items that go to make up the 8108,847.50:

Transferred from the fCommission

of Conservation (10) $19,902 50

Transferred from Board of Pension

Commissioners (1) 3,360 00

I do not know at the moment, but I presume the Government who passed the Order in Council did know for what purpose those ten individuals were transferred to the Department of the Interior, because they passed the Order in Council in July and transferred ten people.

The next item is Board of Pension Commissioners (1) $3,360, statutory increases make up $52,737.50, increases due to reclassification $55,418.50, less appointments at minimum to fill vacancies $22,571. And I am told that where retirement or superannuation takes place the office is filled at the minimum salary, and not at the maximum, so that what my hon. friend has just been pointing out does take place, but the position has been filled at the minimum salary, which requires $22,571, making up $108,847.50. That, I claim, is uncontrollable, unless the argument is used that the staff of the department be reduced, and I stated three or four times that I have not gone into that matter. I frankly confess that. But let me tell the hon. gentleman from Marquette (Mr. Crerar) that I will go into it. I think it would be presumptuous on the part of any one who has been in a department of this size for a period of a few months or six weeks to say he knows all about it, and that he would know which services could be dispensed with and which were absolutely required. I have absolute confidence in the ability of my predecessor to run the department, and I presume he required all the service I found there when I took office. I agree most thoroughly with the hon. gentleman from Marquette. I know that in the provincial government of the provinces during the period of the war, and undoubtedly in this Government, it was found incumbent upon the members of the Government to increase the payments to the staff, and they have been increased very materially. Not only was it found incumbent to increase them, but it was found incumbent to pay bonuses, and the cost of civil government has increased enormously. There is no doubt that, in conjunction with other services in Canada, the cost of government will have to come down, and that will be part of the business of this Government.

Topic:   SUPPLY-AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   PRIVATE BILLS
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March 28, 1922

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I have a summary of the figures for the whole department here. I mentioned, in answer to my hon. friend who makes the statement that we must economize, that it was probably unfair to interject the vote of the department into the civil government. A. saving of $68,000 is not a very large eco nomy in an expenditure of $7,000,000 odd, but I just want to show my hon. friend as we will be discussing this later that we are endeavouring to cut down, and we make that saving in spite of the statutory increases amounting to $108,000.

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Subtopic:   PRIVATE BILLS
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