The hon. member for Saskatoon City (Mr. Bence) has raised a question in connection with the appointment of the postmaster at Bruno, Saskatchewan. I welcome very much the entry of this hon. member into the affairs of Humboldt constituency. This case has been of long standing. It was not a partisan political appointment, because the present postmaster, Mr. Hargarten, has never been what we would put down as partisan in politics. In my long career I have knpwn of his belonging to practically every political party. He is a man of splendid education and has lived in the district for some forty years. It is true he is of German racial origin, but 95 per cent of the people of that district are of German racial origin.
He was recommended by men of the type of Surgeon-Lieutenant R. G. Yoerger, a veteran of the last war, now of the Royal Canadian Navy; a member of the Humboldt branch of the Canadian Legion. He was recommended by Mr. A. J. Simmons, former secretary-treasurer of the Humboldt branch of the Canadian Legion. He was recommended by the Hon. A. Doiron, K.C., judge of the superior court
of Saskatchewan. He was recommended by the Right Reverend Severin Gertken, Bishop of Muenster, Saskatchewan. He was recommended by Reverend Father Bernard of Bruno, Saskatchewan, a well known Canadian cleric. When these facts were brought to my attention they gave me the authority necessary to make the recommendation I did to the Postmaster General.
Certain accusations were made, not from within the district of Humboldt but from outside, that the postmaster at Bruno was a fascist, a nazi, and I do not know how many other isms. Every charge was carefully investigated. I do not know how many investigations were made by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but it got to be almost a laughable situation. He was given a clean bill of health on every charge. When this case was mentioned to me by anyone I always said that I would not have recommended Hargar-ten if I had not known he was a loyal Canadian citizen. In the face of the findings of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the other recommendations, I had no alternative but to recommend this particular man.
I would point out also that there were no eligible returned soldiers capable of taking this position. I would point out something which is perhaps well known to the hon. member for Saskatoon City, that certain individuals, especially one whom I think is well known to the hon. member, came and rented boxes for a year in order to be eligible for the position.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS