Agrarian Socialism: The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan, a Study in Political Sociology

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Chapter XII
BUREAUCRACY AND SOCIAL CHANGE

AT ALMOST every C.C.F. provincial convention and Council meeting, the problem of the relationship between the government and the civil service has been raised by party members.1 Many in the C.C.F. believe that the retention in office of key civil servants appointed by Liberal governments is hampering the work of the government. This conviction is evident in the resolutions they have submitted to various constituencies between 1945 and 1947.

Whereas most of the Civil Service have been supporters of old line parties and most still remain sympathizers of said parties, and Whereas in the last year under C.C.F. Government, new appointments or promotions to higher positions have been made mostly from supporters of the old line parties because recommendations on a possible new appointment or promotion are being requested from senior officers of said Departments who again are old line party supporters and only naturally recommend their own kind.

Therefore be it resolved that members of the Government in engaging Civil Servants, make appointments, wherever possible, from C.C.F. supporters to at least even up an equal proportion of Civil Servants as between the old line parties and C.C.F. supporters.2

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