The answers given by the minister have been most satisfactory to me. I understand this item deals with the outside officers. There has been a good deal of talk here about the salaries and hours of the inside service. I have always believed that the inside service has been starved, and I am pleased to see that their salaries have been increased. Is there any indication of increase in the salaries of the outside service? Are the salaries provided by this item the same as have been in force for some years? because I have the same feeling towards the outside service. It, too, is being starved. The cost of living has increased greatly in the last few years. I hope the minister has that feature in view.
If it is convenient for the minister to give it, I would like to get some information. Take the case of a customs port with a revenue of $200,000 a year, what is the salary paid to the chief Mr. LALOR.
officer there? I want to make a comparison between the salary of a first-class clerk in the inside service and that of an officer in charge of a port such as I speak of, and distant, perhaps, two thousand miles from Ottawa. If I can get the information, I believe I can show that such an officer is not properly paid.
I do not believe there is a business in this country in which men having the custody of $200,000 a year are paid only $1,500. I have no desire to embarrass the hon. minister, and am satisfied with the answers he has given. Some gentlemen here do not appear to be satisfied with the conduct of affairs in British Columbia, but I would remind them that they are overlooking that doctrine 'To the victors belong the spoils'-a doctrine which has been developed as a hot house- plant, but this, however, is not the time to discuss that.