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order to keep the record correct, this bill should not be in the name of the Minister of Labour but rather in the name of the acting Minister of Immigration and Colonization. The bill is designed to make permanent employees of the Department of Soldier Settlement Board. I think it is pretty well known to all members of the house that the employees of this department have always been deemed to be temporary, and the department has been functioning now for some sixteen years. In the last few years the department has taken on a great many duties with which formerly it had nothing to do-duties which will undoubtedly continue for many years to come. Their work has been, I think, highly satisfactory and it is my view and the view of the government that the time has come when these employees should be made permanent and given a chance to enjoy the benefits of the Superannuation Act.