February 18, 1909

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

There is no certainty, I say, that the letter will be delivered at Point St. Charles at a certain hour. The hon. member for St. James (Mr. Gervais) knows it very well. There are drop letter boxes and there is something marked on the boxes as to the hour at which the next collection will be made. That mark is almost always obliterated from the box. I have never seen it so in the city of Toronto. It is important, when you drop a letter in the box, that the signs should be there in order that you may know exactly when the last collection was made and when the next one will be made. These things appear to be trifling details, but my hon. friend knows they are very important and if we have a service there equal to what they have in Toronto you will see an increase in the postal revenue in Montreal which will carry us far beyond the revenue at present obtained in Toronto, which is the largest revenue in the Dominion. Does my hon. friend from St. Mary's (Mr. Martin) think it is unpatriotic to plead for that?

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William Melville Martin

Liberal

Mr. M. MARTIN.

They are doing it in the province of Ontario through Mr. Ross and in Quebec now.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I am very glad to hear that. With regard to postal stations I may say that a suitable and ornamental sub-station could be erected cheaper than is the case under the present system, and if we are to have many of these we should see that they are all of the same model as is the case irt the United States where you can recognize the sub-postal station buildings from afar. It should not be the rule that the building in St. Mary's division should be a very fine and costly one because the member representing that division is an influential and Mr. MONK.

big man, and that another division just as important though not so influentially represented should have a smaller building. If the minister gives me the occasion -tct tender I will undertake to build such postal stations as I have suggested for far less money then he is now spending, and I shall be able to retire with a competency.

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Honoré Hippolyte Achille Gervais

Liberal

Mr. GERVAIS.

My hon. friend (Mr. Monk) is always eloquent but he has not explained the conditions in the central post office in Montreal. That post office has practically been doing the postal business of the greater part of Canada, and the officials there have been sorting the incoming European mail to the advantage of the employees of the Toronto office. Should the plan be carried out of sorting the European mail on the ocean steamers the officials of the Montreal post office will have more time to attend to local business. I think myself that the Toronto office should do the sorting and distribution for Winnipeg and the west.

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Honoré Hippolyte Achille Gervais

Liberal

Mr. GERVAIS.

I have no right to speak for the government, but from my; point of view I think the present system is not a perfect one and can be improved.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I think my hon. friend (Mr. Gervais) is qualifying for the office of Postmaster General.

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Clarence Jameson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. JAMESON.

I was in Montreal last Sunday and I desired at six o'clock to mail a letter for the train which leaves Windsor station at 7.25, but I was informed that the mail had been closed.

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Honoré Hippolyte Achille Gervais

Liberal

Mr. GERVAIS.

I would point out to the hon. gentleman that under the new Sabbath Observance law it is forbidden even to the officials of the government that they should work on Sunday, except on very urgent business.

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Herbert Brown Ames

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. AMES.

Will the minister lay on the table of the House at his earliest convenience a statement showing the boundaries of the districts to be served by each of the two sub-stations for which a vote is asked in these estimates?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I will be very glad to ask the Postmaster General for that.

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Honoré Hippolyte Achille Gervais

Liberal

Mr. GERVAIS.

We must have a horse before we build a stable and the Post Office Department must wait for the business to grow before it erects post offices, so that it is idle to ask for a plan of what may be done in the future, in districts of the Montreal Island where there is no business today.

Montreal General Post Office

Enlargements, additions and alterations, including fittings, furniture, &c., $127,000.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

The total expenditure to the 31st December, 1908, was $640,302.70. This includes $200,000 paid for the site to the Montreal 'Gazette'; printing, advertising, supervision, architect's commission, $11,400; paid city of Montreal for right of passage over Fortification lane, $14,592, paid on account of heating apparatus, $2,700; blue stone side walks, $620; contractors, $410,990. The total probable cost, including the site, will be $780,554.70.

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February 18, 1909