p.2 Dismissals From the Customs Houses
The Finance Minister has already effected a tangible result in the management of minor custom houses in Upper Canada. The inspection conducted by Messrs. Worthington and Brunel has extended to fifteen ports in that section of the province, and the result is a comparatively large reduction in the cost of thirteen of that number. Reduction of expenditure is not the only benefit accruing from the enquiry. Defalcations are brought to light in several instances, inefficiency in others, and yet again, cases in which officers, regardless of the law and the regulations of the department, have systematically allowed dutiable goods to go into consumption without payment of duties. The number of officers employed has also been much greater than is necessary, and sundry removals are the consequence. In effecting the changes consequent upon these revelations, the Finance Minister has endeavored, where practicable, to fill the vacancies occasioned by dismissals with other officers now in the service, and not required at the places at which they have been stationed.
We may particularize the heads of the changes recommended by the Finance Minister and confirmed by the Executive Council.
Napanee: the outport of Millpoint abolished.
Bath: reduced to an outport of Kingston; collector dismissed.
Guelph: landing waiter dismissed.
Port Credit: collector in default, dismissed. Reduced to an outport of Toronto, transactions having been carried on which prove that some of the independent ports in the vicinity of large centres of trade offord facilities for practices inimical to the interests of the revenue.
Bayfield: reduced to an outport of Goderich.
Goderich: flagrant delinquencies on the part of the collector - dismissed. Two landing waiters dismissed.
Sarnia: considerable diminution of costs.
Wallaceburg: collector incapacitated - salary to be discontinued.
Port Stanley: staff reduced to a collector. Business at Port Bruce too small to justify continuance of surveyor - dismissed. Landing waiter at St. Thomas defaulter -dismissed.
Chatham: outport of Hanover to be closed.
Collingwood: reduced to an outport of Toronto. Collector and two landing waiters dismissed.
London: outport of Ingersoll to be closed. Landing waiter dismissed for misconduct.
Cornwall: three officers dispensed with; outports of Lancaster and Aultsville to be closed; collector of canal tolls to act as landing waiter.
The services of Mr. Schweiger, employed to superintend the preventative part of the service in the west, are deemed no longer necessary, in consequence of the altered customs relations of Canada with the States.
The financial results of these changes are best exhibited in a tabular form:
Present cost Future cost Annual saving
Napanee $ 1493.11 $ 640 $ 853.11
Bath 544.10 420 124.10
Guelph 1272.45 650 622.45
Port Credit 748.57 540 208.57
Bayfield 544.83 320 224.83
Goderich 2348.79 1980 368.79
Sarnia 3223.31 2100 1123.31
Wallaceburg 2119.90 1420 699.90
Port Stanley 2407.87 830 1577.87
Chatham 3293.11 1900 1393.11
Collingwood 2674.00 1200 1474.00
London 7718.31 6225 1493.13
Cornwall 3132.31 1680 1452.21
Saugeen 550.00 550
Owen Sound 650.00 650
$32720.28 $21105 $11615.38
Mr. Schweiger 1000.00
Thus, an annual saving of upwards of $12615 is effected, greater efficiency being at the same time secured. And this is but the beginning of retrenchment in this branch of the public service..... [Quebec Mercury]