Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Postmaster General) moved for leave to introduce Mr. ALCORN.
Bill (No. 162) to amend the Post Office Act. He said : The first object of this Bill is to give a one cent drop letter to cities and towns where the free delivery system exists. The second amendment refers to the appointment of a post office superintendent. According to the Act as it now stands, he must have been ten years in the service ; I also wish to amend the Act and provide for the appointment of a financial superintendent who will supervise the books in all branches of the postal service. The work of auditing and inspecting post offices all over the Dominion was given to the inspectors, but it is found, particularly in the Northwest and in sparsely settled districts of the country, that the work of the inspectors is already too large to allow them to audit thoroughly the books in each post office, especially in the large cities. I have decided to appoint a financial superintendent whose duties will be similar to those of the post office superintendent. He will have the supervision and the auditing of the books from one end of the Dominion to the other. I will give further explanations on the second reading of the Bill.