June 11, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM.

I see the reasonableness of the request from the standpoint of my hon. friend, but it is a question whether the report of the commission should be laid on the table before we come to a decision upon it. It is not a matter of very great moment in this case. The complaints were not against the superintendent but against the overseer who is practically the foreman over the men under the superintendent. An investigation was held and the findings have been brought in. I tried to get time to go through them thoroughly and I wanted to tell the committee what I intended to do before these Estimates came up but it has been impossible. There is not a sufficient number of hours in the day to do it. The evidence shows, generally speaking, that a good many of the complaints were trivial, some of them more serious, but it was more

an arraignment with respect to discipline than anything else on the whole. I am free to say that the commissioner suggests, if I remember correctly, that from the point of view of the discipline of the staff, it would be a good idea to have a new overseer. Of course, we do not always act on the findings. I want to digest the evidence myself because I am always loath to dismiss anybody without giving him a chance. If my hon. friend insists I will bring down the report, but it is not customary to lay on the table a report until we decide the action which is to be taken upon it.
OIr. MONK. I suppose we will have Supply Estimates connected with this matter later on ?

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