February 12, 1937

CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Last year most of the

routes were in northern Canada. Can the minister state whether there has been an increase in the mail flown in the more thickly settled parts of the country?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

The increase

is to a great extent in territories which were otherwise inaccessible. I refer to mining areas, and districts of that kind.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

How much air mail goes

out of Vancouver each day? I believe there is a very heavy air mail going out of that city.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

Just a little

over 32,000 pounds of mail goes out on the Vancouver-Seattle line.

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CON
LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

That is for the calendar year. There were 1,912 pounds carried on the Vancouver-Victoria route.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Last year the statement was made that this air mail was carried at a profit to the post office; is that still the case?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

I do not think that was the case with regard to inter-city services, but it is the case with regard to some of the new services.

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CON
LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

The outlay

for air mail is included in our total outlay. New air mail services have been inaugurated to some places which otherwise would not have any mail service. The mail may be carried by air only a small part of the trip. The total amount expended was $274,183 and the value to the department of the mail carried was something like $605,000. I repeat again that in many instances the mail is carried by air for only part of the trip and that is the value of the postage which we receive.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

I suppose air mail service

is much cheaper in the north than mail service by dog team.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

Where there is a fairly large quantity of air mail being carried, such as into the newer places, it is pretty profitable. However, I would not say that it is cheaper than the service by dog team. The cost varies with every route, but as a rule, except for first class mail, we charge an accordingly higher rate on account of the extra cost of the service.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Can the minister give the total amount of mail carried by air in 1936, 1935, 1934. 1933 and possibly 1931?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

The mileage for the last calendar year was 884,263 and 1,153,812 pounds were carried at a total cost of $274,803.

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CON
LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

In 1933-34 the vote was $300,000, of which $270,600 was expended. In 1934-35 the vote was $300,000, of which $275,386 was expended. In 1935-36 the vote was $323,650, of which $266,382 was expended. In 1936-37 the vote was $290,000 and the estimated expenditure is $284,000.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Has the minister the figures of the mail carried in 1933, 1934 and 1935?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

In 1932-33

there were 454,303 pounds carried; in 1933-34, 592,758 pounds; in 1934-35, 691,767 pounds, and in 1935-36, 1,189,982 pounds.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

How much mail would have to be carried on the trans-Canada air route in order to make it profitable?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT (Middlesex):

I do not think anyone could make a very accurate estimate of what it is going to cost.

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February 12, 1937