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men in this House could pass without long preparation, and I am exceedingly glad that this subsection is going to be repealed.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