John Léo CHABOT

CHABOT, The Hon. John Léo, P.C., B.A., M.A., M.D., C.M.

Personal Data

Party
Conservative (1867-1942)
Constituency
Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
Birth Date
February 23, 1869
Deceased Date
December 8, 1936
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Léo_Chabot
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=6e53a5bb-3ad7-4029-8f31-a5197bd338ef&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician, surgeon

Parliamentary Career

September 21, 1911 - October 6, 1917
CON
  Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
December 6, 1921 - October 4, 1921
CON
  Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)
October 29, 1925 - July 2, 1926
CON
  Ottawa (City of) (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 9 of 10)


June 12, 1917

Mr. OHABOT:

I think that the Bill to

amend the Civil' Service Act now being considered in committee i-s a fairly generous one. I think that the Minister of Finance is entitled to a great deal of credit for the time and care he has taken with it, especially at this time, when his parliamentary and his national duties must be both numerous and onerous. Speaking for the Civil Service of Ottawa, I think I can say without much exaggeration that it is composed of men and women who are equal to the tasks which they have to perform. They are both energetic and conscientious, and willing to do their duty to the best of their ability. I will admit that there may be cases of inefficiency, but on the whole the Civil Service of Canada, and particularly of Ottawa, is one of which this country has no reason to feel ashamed. I desire to say that what is especially gratifying to me in this Act is the fact that the academic examination prescribed under the Act of 1908 as to qualifying one for promotion from the Third to the Second Division has been done away with, because I always looked upon that examination as a hardship and a cruel measure. I would ask the minister if it would not he possible to repeal in subsection 2 of section 26 the following:-

And who had theretofore passed the qualifying examination.

I think that many men, without passing the qualifying examination, have fitted themselves, by their experience and the acquirement of efficiency in their work, for promotion from the Third to the Second Division. Is it possible to make the statutory increase in the lower grades $100 instead of $50? A man receiving a salary of $600 has to wait eight years before he reaches his maximum. He is, therefore, badly handicapped, especially if the cost of living continues to increase. Is it the intention of the minister to grant the regular statutory increases to men in the service who have gone to the front? I think that when those men come back they should

receive any increases which they would have received had they remained in Canada and performed their duties as civil servants. The least we can do for them is not to let them suffer under any discrimination because they have gone to the front to perform the most patriotic work that a Canadian can be engaged in during this crisjs in our history.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 5, 1917

Mr. CHABOT:

Mr. Chairman, I would like to say a few words in reply to the hon. member for North Simcoe (Mr. Currie) and the hon. member for South York (Mr. Maclean). I am sure they are labouring under a misapprehension in so far as the political power and authority of the Ottawa members is concerned. They could not at all have exaggerated, if they had attempted to describe, the tribulations and vicissitudes that we have to undergo with regard to the duties to be performed in connection with the appointment and recommendation of men and women to the Outside Service only. We have nothing to do with appointments to or promotions in the Inside Service than any other hon. member of this House because since 1908 all appointments to and promotions in the Inside Service are supposed to be made by the Civil Service Commission.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   SECOND AND THIRD DIVISIONS OF THE SERVICE
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June 5, 1917

Mr. J. L. CHABOT (Ottawa):

As one of the members representing the city of

Ottawa, where a large number of ladies and gentlemen are employed in the Civil Service, I desire to offer my thanks to the Government as well as to the Minister of Finance for their determination to do something to assist the civil servants, especially those of the lower grades. I think the proposal of the Minister of Finance is a fairly generous one, but I am sorry that he has not seen fit to increase the minimum salaries, especially in sub-division B of the third division, and also the salaries of messengers, porters, sorters, packers and such like. I think the minimum salary should have been made $600 or $700 instead of $500.

I wish to say a few words regarding the repeal of subsection of 2 of section 26 of the Civil Service Amendment Act of 1908. Personally, I have always looked upon that subsection, not merely as a hardship, but even a cruel measure, against the men who had been working in that class for many years. When that Act was put into force the men who had passed the qualifying examination were debarred from further promotion because they were unable to pass an academic examination such as few men in this House could pass without long preparation, and I am exceedingly glad that this subsection is going to be repealed.

I also hope the Minister of Finance will not overlook the claims of the men and' women of the Outside Service, who are working for a very low salary, and are certainly entitled to as much consideration as members of the lower grades of the inside service. I am sure the Outside Service here and elsewhere are performing their duties just ae efficiently as are the members of the Inside Service, and I venture to hope that the Government and the Minister of Finance will not overlook their just claim for an increase. They have to live in the same place as the inside servants, and the high cost of living affects them just as much as it does the inside-servants.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT.
Subtopic:   SECOND AND THIRD DIVISIONS OF THE SERVICE
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June 11, 1914

Mr. CHABOT:

I think that Rideau

ward should be taken into the city of Ottawa. It is a natural part of the city and has been annexed to it for years; and 1 feel that in federal elections that ward should have the same representation as in municipal elections. As the ward belongs to Ottawa, I think the people should vote as the other citizens

Topic:   REPRESENTATION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
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May 29, 1914

Mr. J. L. CHABOT (Ottawa):

I desire to congratulate the Minister of Finance on the fairness and general excellence of the Civil Service Bill w'hich he has outlined. I only hope that he will make a great effort to bring the matter to a head during this .session. Knowing as I do the many details that legislation of this kind entails, I can readily understand that a measure of this kind requires a great deal of consideration and discussion, and under these circumstances the minister may feel it his duty to lay the matter over till next session. I think such a step will not be unacceptable to the civil servants of the country, especially of Ottawa, in view of the fact that the minister has promised that the legislation will be retroactive. The Minister of Finance has given this legislation a great deal of thought and careful preparation, and from what I know I am satisfied that the Bill when carried into effect will be eminently satisfactory to all concerned. The Civil Service of this country, especially of Ottawa, is composed of men of integrity, initiative and ability, and they are certainly entitled to generous treatment at the hands of the powers that be. I do not mean to say or even insinuate that all civil servants are overloaded with excellence in the performance of their daily duties, but as a whole the Civil Service of Canada compares favourably with that of any other country in the world. I sincerely trust that the Minister of Finance will make a great effort to put the legislation through this session, and if that is not possible that he will take .the earliest opportunity next session of having it carried into effect so as to satisfy the civil servants of the country, who are certainly entitled to generous treatment. There is no doubt that Government employees in the lower grades are underpaid, and in view of the high cost of living they are certainly justified in asking for an in-*crease of salary and a better classification. I am sure the Minister of Finance will deal with these matters not only fairly but generously. %

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACTS AMENDMENT.
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