March 30, 1915

CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN (Translation):

They are

distributed as a rule throughout the Dominion. We have opened new centres and it was found necessary to appoint more officers, but the new men are assigned to various points throughout the country. As regards the. province of Quebec, they are distributed between the cities of Quebec, Three Rivers, St. Hyacinthe, Montreal and other localities, according to their importance.

Weights and measures-rents, fuel, travelling expenses, postage, stationery, etc., including amount for purchase of standards of the metric system, salaries and other expenses of inspectors, $81,000.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

The inspectors make

regular inspections every two years, or whenever they are called upon to do so.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I am informed that we have nine.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

I understand that some inspectors in the district of Quebec are employed only two or three months in the

year. These men have no stated salaries, and are given allowances for their travelling expenses. What is the average salary paid to these men who are not employed the whole year round?

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

What salary is paid to Mr. John Dagneau, of St. Omer, county of Bonaventure, district of Quebec?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I will obtain that information for my hon. friend.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

How many officials did the hon. minister have in the Quebec district five years ago? In my constituency three men have replaced two men, and I should like to know if the increase has been general throughout the 'district. I should like to know also whether Mr. Dagneau's salary has been increased, what he has been paid for travelling expenses, whether it is the custom of the department to allow such men to take part in municipal organizations and in the distribution of patronage and public offices. Hardly a return is brought down in the House which does not contain the name of John Dagneau as being the man making the complaint, as being a witness, or as having some connection with the distribution of patronage.

I do not know whether this is done with the minister's knowledge, but I would like to know exactly whether these men are permitted to interfere in political and municipal affairs. I think this man is mayor of his locality, but I have no objection to that. What are the rules governing officials who are employed for only two or three months in the year?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I am informed that the salaries of these officials range from $100 to $200.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I cannot give the

information now.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

I presume the minister will say that, so far as interference in politics is concerned, it is not permitted?

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN:

I understand that is the policy of our department.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

The minister may take my word for it that Mr. Dagneau is the most active politician we have in Bonaventure; he is even spoken of as becoming the Conservative candidate in the constituency, to which I would have no objection. He took the place of a man who

had been dismissed because he had taken part in politics, and the same rule should apply to him as to his predecessor.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLONDIN (Translation):

The employees must be warned that complaints have been lodged against them, and that, in the future, they will have to submit to the Government regulations; and, if they do not comply, they are dismissed.

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Marie Joseph Demers

Liberal

Mr. DEMERS (Translation):

Has the

minister had to take such action since he took control of the department.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Minister of Inland Revenue)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BDONDIN (Translation):

Happily

not.

Rent, fuel, travelling expenses, stamps, stationery, etc., for the weights and measures branch, including the purchase of metric standard units, appointments and other expenses of inspectors, etc., $81,000.

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March 30, 1915