Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)
Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
Mr. Speaker, I entirely agree that there are great objections to the course proposed that such matters should be left within the discretion of the Postmaster General, or within the discretion of the Government. I appreciate the suggestion which has been made by the hon. member for Shelburne and Queens (Mr. Fielding). At the same time the Goverer ment naturally must take into consideration the position in which it wonldi be placed toy even that suggestion, (because probably it might toe called upon no.t to stop there tout to 'apply some percentage of increase to every contract that has been entered into toy the Government. Perhaps, now that the discussion has taken place, the hon. member who made the motion will be content to withdraw it in order that the subject may be considered by the Government. The discussion could be renewed in some other way at a later date if .thought desirable. I should like to add1, of course, that all of us have the greatest possible sympathy with those who have undertaken these contracts at a cost which, involves loss to them. None of us. would desire that. But on the other hand there are considerations touching the public interest which, as hon. members on both sides would agree, the Government ought to take strictly into account before any definite action is embarked upon.
Subtopic: RURAL MAIL CARRIERS' CONTRACTS.