I think at -all times patronage has been opposed to -the best interests of the Civil Service -and has to -a large extent-, contributed to the defeats of
many Governments in this country. After 1911, political patronage -in this city w-as -thrust upon me w-ith -a vengeance, and my life in Ottawa from 1911 to 1917 was a regular political hell on earth. If this Bill abolishes political patronage, which I consider at all times, an unsatisfactory and unfair method of making appointments, it will remove a grievance and the people of this country will be thankful and satisfied. Si-nce the passage of the Order in Council abolishing political patronage, my peace of mind hlas been greatly enhanced; a huge lo-ad has been taken off my shoulders, and I feel that my life has become worth living. If this legislation abolishes patronage, it will render the Civil Service more effective and efficient, and it will render to the people of this country a very valuable service.
Topic: THE CIVIL SERVICE.