Mr. O. B. PRICE (Westmorland):
not my intention to permit the remarks of the hon. member for West Elgin (Mr. Hepburn) to pass without some observations which I have to make in connection with this appointment. I am sure it has been clear from the beginning of this debate that the matter of appointments by the Postmaster General (Mr. Veniot) has been, from start to finish, one of political expediency. For the past week the Postmaster General has not been able to get one item of his estimates through, and he has met with severe criticism because of the fact that political interference has been permitted to intermingle with his duty. This has been apparent from the various cases that have been brought to his attention. The criticism he has received has been such as has never been directed towards any previous minister of his department.
Who was this man Whittaker, about whom there has been so much talk? He is a returned soldier, having lost both of his legs below the knee. At the -time of his appointment he was running a store, which called for considerable energy. He was in the grocery business.