This bill is similar to one introduced at the last session. It proposes three things. First, it is intended to restrict veterans' preference to Canadian veterans, the term Canadian being defined by the Canadian Nationals Act, chapter 21 of the revised statutes. Secondly, it proposes to extend from three to five years the requirement in regard to necessary residence in Canada demanded of applicants for positions in the civil service. In the third place, it proposes to do away with a practice which has been introduced into the administration of the Civil Service Commission regarding exceptions made to the clause requiring three years' residence in Canada for applicants. The Civil Service Commission has adopted what I might call blanket regulations, which seem to contradict the terms of the Civil Service Act, and in virtue of which applicants are admitted practically as a matter of course into the civil service without complying with the requirements of the Civil Service Act in
this respect. This bill proposes to discontinue that practice and return to the sense and spirit of the Civil Service Act. Whenever it may be necessary to make an exception tn the requirements of the Civil Service Act, it is proposed that such exception shall be a special case to be specially considered by the cabinet.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.