February 22, 1905

LIB

Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

As far as the Public Works Department is concerned, the very moment the money is available we will not lose any time in proceeding with the work.

Toronto post office-land, building, pneumatic plant and machinery, $100,000.

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Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

It is intended to have a pneumatic tube system to quicken the service between the railway station and the main post offices. The department are proceeding as fast as they fairly can. The pipe has been bought by contract. It is being manufactured in Glasgow, but it will be a considerable time before it can be delivered. The tenders were for 30,000 feet in Toronto and 8,000 in Montreal at $1.45 per foot. It was bought after public tenders were called for.

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Mr. POWLER@

Can that not be made in this country ?

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Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

No. I think the lowest Canadian tender was $5 per foot.

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Mr. POSTER@

What is the diameter of the pipe ?

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Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

Ten inches. The city of Montreal and the city of Toronto are the only places in Canada where the department propose at present to try the system.

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LIB

Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

In all the large cities of the United States and, I think, also in the larce cities of England.

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Albert Edward Kemp

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KEMP.

This has nothing to do with the improvements that have recently been discussed ?

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Charles Smith Hyman (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Mr. HYMAN.

Yes ; it has to do with them so far, that we cannot determine where the terminal is to be until we know where the station is to be ; but we have ordered the pipes, and are proceeding as rapidly as we can.

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Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

How long does it take now to convey the mail from the post office to the depot ?

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William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

I suppose if this were to connect only with the main office, we might not adopt the system ; but Toronto is spreading out for a great distance westward. The Union station is not central, and with trains going and coming at all hours of the day, an hour's delay to a business man in getting his mail is very serious. Even the street railway is a very slow process for conveying the mails from the Union station two or three miles distant.

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February 22, 1905