Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :
minister has not explained to my satisfaction the enormous increase in expenditure during the last number of years. In 1910, the total expenditure amounted to $7,900,000; in 1911, it was $9,100,000; in 1912, it amounted to $10,482,000; in 1913, it amounted to $12,000,000. This was all before the war. In 1914, it amounted to $12,956,000. It was advancing at the rate of $2,000,000 in some years and $1,000,000 in others. When we have the evidence of the Civil Service investigators that the Post Office Department is so filled up with unnecessary officers that they propose to save at least $1,000,000 by discharging men who have nothing to do, we can see the reason for a large part of that increase. The management of the Post Office has been most reckless during the present regime, and, in fact, ever since 1911. Taking into consideration the high cost of everything, there can be no excuse why the expenditure of the Post Office should go from $9,000,287
000 to $20,000,000 in those years. Something more than the increase in the cost of living and the increase in the cost of service is necessary to explain such an enormous increase as that. With the war tax, there is an apparent surplus; but if we deduct the war tax as it appears in the Post Office report, there is the enormous deficit of $3,637,000. I find, in comparing the post office accounts of this year with those of some years ago, the increase is largely in salaries, showing that the number of officials appointed in Ottawa and other branches of the service accounts for a large part of the increase.
Topic: REVISED EDITION. COMMONS