I should like to get
some information from the Prime Minister in connection with this matter. There are rumours that retrenchments are to be made in the civil service, and that the employees of one department in particular, the Interior department, are to be placed elsewhere. I should like to know if, in considering the retention of employees in the service or their placement elsewhere, the government will give a preference to native-born Canadians. I am in receipt of a resolution from the Native Sons of Canada, asking that such a preference be given. I am sorry that I have not the resolution here; it is in my room, but if the Prime Minister will allow me, I will send him a copy of it. This is an influential society, which is taking a great interest in the affairs of the Dominion, and it recommends that so far as possible native-born Canadians be retained in the service in preference to non-Canadians.