Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance) :
Mr. Speaker, in moving that these
estimates and the accompanying message be referred to the committee of supply, as I now do, I beg to say that to facilitate the preparation of -these estimates and to enable them to be presented to the house at the earliest possible moment, they have been prepared on a basis of the current year containing a provision for a salary deduction of ten per cent for those who receive salaries in excess of $1,000 per year.
As stated to the house on previous occasions, it is the desire of the government to make complete restoration at the earliest possible moment, the governing factor being the revenues available.
In view of the present state of the revenues, the government proposes to submit a measure which will provide for a restoration of one-half of the deduction from April first next.
The government is fully aware that salary deductions have in many instances caused inconvenience and in some cases perhaps hardship, and it is, therefore, most appreciative of the manner in which on the whole the position has been accepted by the civil service.