May 29, 1930

CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

I want to know if that is a fact. For what patents are these payments te be made?

Supply-Post Office

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Peter John Veniot (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

For the use of labour saving machinery which this gentleman has invented and handed over to the postal department for use throughout Canada. This gentleman is employed on certificates renewed by the Civil Service Commission every three or four months; he is not a permanent employee.

Mr. .STEWART (Leeds): Was it part of his duty to go to the United States and investigate machines of this type?

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LIB
CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

I would like to have more particulars concerning these patents. Were patents obtained in the United States previous to their being obtained here?

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An hon. MEMBER:

It is a good machine.

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CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

It is a pretty good machine; it is working quite smoothly.

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LIB

Peter John Veniot (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

My information is that this machine or one similar to it has been patented in the United States by this gentleman. The one we have here i3 a machine of an improved type.

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CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

Were those American patents taken out since he entered the employ of the department?

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LIB
CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

I think the committee should have that information.

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LIB
CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

Here is a civil servant receiving a salary for his whole time-

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An hon. MEMBER:

Eight hours a day.

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CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

-and in the course of his employment he obtained certain information through the inspection of machines in the United States which enabled him to take out a patent. It is proposed to pay him annually the sum of $6,500 as royalties upon these machines. I wonder if the committee really understands the situation. This man is paid as a civil servant. In the course of his duty he becomes familiar with certain machines patented in the United States, and he takes out certain patents while employed by this department. It is proposed to create the precedent of paying him annually, in addition to his salary and the expenses which he incurred in connection with these trips, the sum of $6,500.

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LIB

Peter John Veniot (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

The hon. member must

realize that this man is a temporary employee. Were he a permanent employee of the department we could expropriate his patent.

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CON
LIB

Peter John Veniot (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

He is a temporary employee whose employment is renewed every three or four months. I contend that this man having patented machinery which saves the postal department of Canada $90,000 per year, is entitled to something for his work. Not only is he entitled morally, but he is entitled under the law which governs these matters to a certain percentage of the value placed upon his patent.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

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CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

No, it is not,

and it will not be carried for a few minutes. Were his expenses paid during his trips to the United States?

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LIB

Peter John Veniot (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

No, not when he went to

the United States on his own research.

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May 29, 1930