Mr. Milner has stated that although it is a part-time job and he receives no salary from the Department of Transport, but only as a member of the board of grain commissioners, he has sufficient time to handle the numerous duties which confront him as transport controller in trying to cope with a record crop in western Canada. The resolution which is before us outlines the fact that there can oe the appointment of one or more controllers and one or more deputy controllers to carry out the provisions of such regulations, and provision is made for the payment of their remuneration. I therefore see no reason why the duties of the transport controller could not be enlarged to include those granted him by statute so that the powers could be taken in to provide this service to the farmers of western Canada through the equitable allocation of box cars, and consideration could be given to the principle of delivering grain to the elevator of their choice.
I was rather disturbed at the fact that there did not seem to be anyone here to do Mr. Milner's job in his absence. It seems to me that as a member of the board of grain commissioners he is quite busy in the summer months and he therefore takes his vacation, to which he is fully entitled, in the winter months. I therefore put a question on the order paper in which I asked who assumed the responsibility of the transport controller during his absence. I was thinking about the month of January in particular
when we have a variation of from 50 to 100 million bushels of available space in the elevators.
The first question I asked reads as follows:
1. Who is the deputy transport controller?
The second, third and fourth questions were as follows:
2. When was he or she appointed?
3. Under what authority was the appointment made and who made the appointment?
4. What is the salary of the deputy transport controller?
The first, second and third questions were answered simultaneously as follows:
1, 2, and 3. No deputy transport controller has been appointed since the resignation of the former deputy transport controller was accepted on July 2, 1953. Mr. Frank T. Rowan has been performing the duties of deputy transport controller since August 1, 1953.
It does not answer question No. 3 which reads:
Under what authority was the appointment made and who made the appointment?
I presume the minister will be able to give me that information during the course of the discussion on this resolution. The answer to No. 4 was as follows:
Mr. Rowan receives no salary for his work in connection with transport control but is remunerated as an official of the Canadian wheat board.
It is apparent that the Minister of Transport is reluctant to spend any money. The department tries to get someone to fill these part-time jobs as they can find them. That answer rather conflicts with the answer the hon. member for Assiniboia received in the agriculture and colonization committee, and I quote from page 239 of the proceedings as follows:
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF AUTHORITY TO MAKE REGULATIONS AND APPOINT CONTROLLERS