Mr. Chairman, before asking the house to consider the estimates of the civil service commission I should like to present the new chairman of the civil service commission, Mr. Samuel Hughes, Q.C., formerly a judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario. He has assumed a very important
responsibility. An effective, independent civil service commission is, in many respects, the key to an efficient public service. The civil service commission may become even more important in the near future. As you know, the government expects to introduce legislation at the next session which may have a significant bearing on the commission in particular and the public service in general.
The government was pleased, therefore, to be able to appoint to the post of chairman a man with so many qualifications and proven capacity in so many fields. Mr. Hughes has a bachelor of arts degree from the university of Toronto and a master of arts degree from Oxford university, and is a member of the Ontario bar. He has had wide experience as a teacher, lawyer, judge, administrator and military officer. His legal training will be a special asset when the Civil Service Act goes before parliament for review. Fortunately, he is also a young man who should be able to cope for many years to come with his numerous responsibilities. I am sure the house will join with me in wishing him well.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF SECRETARY OF STATE