I would like to get at the facts of the case, and see where we stand. Perhaps it is not our part to lecture political opponents or political friends, but I think a little less pugnacity on the part of the Minister of Labour would enable us to arrive at an understanding of the situation. I think, perhaps, we understand the situation regarding the permanent employees. There were 106 last year and there are to be 117 this year. I presume the statutory increases provided in the Civil Service Act cover that amount, making the average salary last year $1,619 and the average salary .this year $1,667. I suppose that is accounted for by the working out of
that machine which we have created, and for which we do not seem to have provided any brakes. However, that is a matter for discussion later on, but that is the way it has impressed us so far. We have made a machine we do not seem able to control. If there is a brake we have not been able to get our hand on it yet. The question seems to centre around a little question of fact: were those temporary employees last year paid out of that contingency fund of $35,000 or were they not?
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE BILL