4. The incumbent minister of any department may suspend any public officer or employee belonging to his department or attached thereto; he may also cause the suspension to cease, and may reinstate him.
If such suspension affects one of the joint officers holding one or more of the offices mentioned in the second paragraph of section 1, the Minister of Justice may, by letter, authorize the other joint officer to remain alone in office and to continue, alone and in his own name, to perform the duties of the office without the necessity of appointing him anew or of granting him a new commission, and he shall so act until the authorization conferred by the said letter be revoked.
R. S. 1964, c. 12, s. 4; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 16, s. 21; 1978, c. 15, s. 140.