James Alexander CALDER

CALDER, The Hon. James Alexander, P.C., B.A.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
September 17, 1868
Deceased Date
July 20, 1956
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Alexander_Calder
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c50a19e3-39f9-41dc-ad93-47002215b3d6&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, school administrator, teacher

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - September 21, 1921
UNION
  Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (October 12, 1917 - July 9, 1920)
  • Minister of Agriculture (June 18, 1919 - August 11, 1919)
  • Minister of Militia and Defence (January 16, 1920 - January 23, 1920)
  • President of the Privy Council (July 10, 1920 - September 20, 1921)
  • Minister presiding over the Department of Health (July 10, 1920 - September 20, 1921)
  • Minister of Immigration and Colonization (July 10, 1920 - September 20, 1921)
September 22, 1921 - October 4, 1921
CON
  Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)
December 11, 1942 - October 4, 1921
PC
  Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 5 of 283)


June 3, 1921

Mr. CALDER:

I do not know whether or not the hon. gentleman has read the evidence, but my judgment as to the weight of the evidence that came before us is that in the case of these very special appointments, the men whom you wish to get will never submit themselves to competition. That is the way the evidence struck me.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Mr. CALDER:

There is where we differ.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 3, 1921

Mr. CALDER:

You will not get the

right man.

Topic:   CIVIL SERVICE ACT, 1918, AMENDMENT
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June 1, 1921

Mr. CALDER:

If the second amendment proposed in this resolution is carried, then the Civil Service Commission may, if they deem it advisable, include the class that the hon. gentleman has referred to and make their retirement possible under the provisions of the retirement Act. The Bill itself does not cover the class to which he refers, except that we give to the Civil Service Commission power, if they think cases of that class are deserving, to recommend to the Governor in Council that they should be retired.

Topic:   RETIREMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS
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June 1, 1921

Mr. CALDER:

I do not think we should take up too much time on this Bill at this stage of the session. I have included in this resolution two amendments, and if there is any serious opposition to them, I would suggest that we drop them. Unless we have sufficient confidence in the Civil Service Commission to warrant our leaving in their hands, subject to the approval of the Governor in Council, the determination as to whether or not there ard other classes that might be brought under the Act, I think we might as well drop the legislation. If we are to make a review of the entire service in order to determine exactly what other classes should be brought under the Bill, that would require a very exhaustive study. Since I introduced the Bill early in the session, I have had a stream of letters and requests and suggestions as to the peculiar conditions and circumstances surrounding the cases of all sorts of employees in all parts of Canada, which I have been asked to take into consideration. Now, to boil all those suggestions down into concrete form and embody them in legislation would require a very exhaustive study and very careful drafting. That 'cannot be done at this stage of the session. As a consequence of the study I have given to these representations, I think we might very well leave the determination of these other cases to the Civil Service Commission, who can take all the peculiar circumstances into account and report to the Governor in Council, and upon approval by the Governor in Council action might he taken. This Bill is only to Continue for one more year. So far as the operation of the law during the past year is concerned, from all I have seen and from all the recommendations that have come to council, I think that both the deputy heads of the departments and the Civil Service Commission have operated the law very sanely and very safely. When the Bill was before the House brfore, I had a list of those who had -been retired up to that time, and I have it here if any hon. member wishes to see it. Outside of one or two complaints that have been made in the House with reference to gentlemen who received notice that they

were going to be retired, very few complaints have reached the Government with regard to any retirements that have been made. If there is any objection to the commission dealing with this matter in the manner I have stated, we might as well drop paragraphs 2 and 3 of the resolution and get on with our work. The only new suggestion, so far as this resolution is concerned, is simply the broadening of the present law so as to include sessional employees and certain classes of employees who have been engaged at daily, weekly, or monthly rates of pay. If it is the wish of the committee that the limitation of eight months, so far as sessional employees are concerned, should be reduced to six or even less, I do not object. On the other hand, if the suggestion of the hon. member for Shelburne and Queen's (Mr. Fielding) is to be carried out, and all persons in every branch of the public service throughout Canada, not only customs officers, but all employees who give what is called parttime service-

Topic:   RETIREMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS
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