I have taken some pains
to decide wha; view I should take regarding this matter. I do not want patronage any more than other hon. members who are opposing the proposition for the board to appoint their own secretary. Hon. gentlemen seem to fail to take into consideration the fact that this grain business is different from the ordinary work that the civil servan- does. The government does not pay for this business. The grain that is handled and managed by this board pays all the expenses; it h outside of the civil service and in a class by itself. I am quite well aware that some members in my own group do not agree with my ideas, but I have them just the same. I believe the board to be the best judge of who should do the secretarial work. I believe they should have a chance to appoint the man who they think is going to be the best man for the position without any hindrance from any other source outside of the management of the grain business. I am not very particular whe'her I go so far as to say that the secretary should be paid by the board, but I do not think it would be out of the way for the board to pay their own secretary, as they pay the other expenses of handling the grain. I am not anxious to see any encroachment on the prerogatives of the Civil Service Commission, but I do not believe the grain business was considered when the Civil Service Act was put into force. I believe it was the general position of civil servants throughout the country that was considered. I have confidence in the board, I think the board should appoint their own secretary, and if the House see fit, I would be perfectly agreeab'e 'hat they should pay for that service out of the grain business, the same as they pay the other expenses.
Topic: CANADA GRAIN ACT AMENDMENT