p.2 The Canal Office - We are led to believe that the government of the day has determined to remove the Canal Office from Kingston to Toronto. Mr. Brunel, who was associated with Mr. Worthington as special commissioner for the inspection of the Custom Houses, has been selected for the post of Canal Commissioner, vice Mr. McCuaig, deposed.
Unless it be with a view to injure Kingston, we are at a loss to know what can have prompted the determination to remove the office to Toronto. If it is deemed that the latter city furnishes a better centre for the collection of canal statistics and transacting the business of the office, this opinion will be passed upon by the country at large, and we have no doubt the intelligent verdict will be given in favor of Kingston.
Our retrenchment government, if they were true to their professions, would have made an attempt both at reduction of expenditure and departmental reform in connection with this case. Mr. Brunel's appointment might be dispensed with were the Ministry in the mood. The duties of canal commissioner are of such a nature that the work might be undertaken at any of our principal custom houses without detriment to the service or burden to the collector on whose shoulders the duty might fall.
But we are writing in advance of the appointment being gazetted, and though not a doubt of the substantial accuracy of our information need be entertained, it will, perhaps, be advisable to await the appearance of that interesting item ere we go further. If the government are more anxious to economize than to reward Mr. Brunel, they may yet re-consider their determination; and we should only be too glad to chronicle any well directed effort at retrenchment in the way we have pointed out.
p.3 Arrivals - 19,20.