There is no material increase in the amount. But it has been provided in the ease of two or three of the officers who were considered exceptionally entitled that an additional allowance be made to them. We allow the accountant, who is a most excellent officer, an addition of $150. The law clerk, who also is a very efficient and capable man, is' given an increase of $200. We allow the clerk of the Railway Committee an ad-Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER.
dition of $100. Then we promote Mr. Ross from the second to the first class, but without increase in pay.
The increases in this vote amount to $1,300. There are the usual statutory increases of $50 of twenty-one technical officers, and $100 for two technical officers, Messrs. Faribault and J. M. Macoun. There is also $50 for the chief clerk and accountant. The reason for the special increases to Messrs. Faribault and Macoun is this : Last year I asked the House to increase the salaries to some of the officers who were in the same rank as Messrs. Faribault and Macoun. These gentlemen were left out then because they were going to Paris and were getting a little special allowance in connection with that service, which was considered, for that year, equivalent to the increase of $100. I am asking the committee to authorize the same increase of $100 to these gentlemen this year.
Civil Government-Post Office Department, including Miss M. A. Slater at $600, notwithstanding anything in the
The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Hon.
Wm. Mulock). This vote is increased by $8,045, made up, as follows :
Ninety-nine increases of $50 each $4,950
Twenty-seven increases of $30 each 810
One increase 20
Nine increases of $50 each, paid in 19001901, over and above the number estimated for 450
One additional first-class clerkship ... 1,600
Proposed transfer of R. P. Taylor, Ottawa Post Office, not carried out and salary
not re-estimated 420
One additional packer, which through error in last year's estimates, money
was not provided 300
Junior second-class clerk. Miss Slater .... 600
Provisional allowance, short estimate__ 5
Difference of salary of J. D. Campbell as a junior second-class elerk ($600) and the amount ($140) specially voted for him last
To provide for the salaries of six third-class clerks, to be transferred from outside service as junior second-class clerks - 4,000
Difference between the salaries of six second-class clerkships which became vacant ($7,800) and the salaries of six junior second-class clerks promoted to those vacancies ($6,600) $1,200
Difference between the salaries of thirteen junior second-class clerkships which became vacant ($11,560) and the salaries of the eleven temporary writers appointed to fill those vacancies ($6,600) and the two vacancies in second class ($2,000).. 2,960
Proposed transfer of two letter carriers,
Birtch ($510) and Jeffrey ($500) from Ottawa, not carried out 1,010
Difference between Mr. Harrington ($1,-S00), promoted from first class to chief clerkship, and that of Mr. Binks ($1,400), promoted to fill vacancy 400
Increase $ 8,045
With special reference to Miss Slater whom it is proposed to appoint as a junior second-she has been in the service in some minor capacity for many years, and has attained an age which makes her ineligible for appointment without special provision of this kind.
Hon. Mi'. PRIOR. Has the hon. minister given the statutory allowance to every clerk in the post office, or has he picked out some whom he considers especially worthy ?
I am not in a position to make any definite statement on the subject at present. In regard to the item for contingencies, &c., the increase is made up of small contingencies, one item, I recollect, being an increase in the income tax, which has been increased in England owing to certain events.
My hon. friend will, perhaps, observe that in the item of Civil Government I explained that two messengers, who were formerly a charge against Civil Government, would now pass to contingencies. There was a reduction in the item of Civil Government for
these two messengers, and they had to be provided for in the contingent item instead of in the direct vote. It makes no alteration in the number of officials.
These messengers who went out were men who had been in the service for a long time. One of them was promoted to a clerkship, and the other one has passed to the staff of the House of Commons.
Department of Customs-Clerical and other assistance, including $1,750 to be paid, notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act, $5,625; printing and stationery, $2,000; sundries, $2,730; total $10,355
The decrease of $1,825 in clerical and other assistance is explained by what I said before, that three extra clerks, who have been paid out of contingencies hitherto, have been granted a vote in the civil service vote. Then, we took last year a vote of $15,000, preparatory to the new plan of compiling statistics. We do not need to ask for that this year, as the staff is under way and in operation. There is a saving of $15,000. When we come to the outside vote you will find I have to ask for this $15,000, and for several thousand more.