June 1, 1938

LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

This is due to more or less of a change in policy. At one time the night service men were paid on the basis of seven hours instead of eight hours, seven hours night service being regarded as equivalent to eight hours day service; but under the last administration, for purposes of economy, that practice was discontinued, and it has now been restored, at an additional cost of $110,000. The $160,000 is for further temporary' assistance.

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CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

Is this further temporary assistance required by the new regulations closing post offices on holidays? Is it to keep the service going on holidays?

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LIB
CON

Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LOCKHART:

Are the salaries of all the post office employees back on the original basis before the five per cent cut was made?

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

They have all been restored. Mr. LOCKHART: In every department? Mr. EULER: Yes.

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CON

Item agreed to. Inspection and investigation-further amount required, $8,000.


LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

This is to provide for an overdraft in previous years.

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Item agreed to. Air and land mail services-further amount required, $168,000.


CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

What arrangements have

been made for transatlantic air mail service?

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

No actual arrangements have yet been made. The British government is still making experimental flights, and the matter has not been brought to a definite conclusion.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Is it expected that there will be any air mail flown this summer?

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LIB
CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Are there any negotiations under way for transpacific air mail service?

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

No; we are not at the moment doing anything on the pacific.

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Item agreed to. Pensions and other benefits-payment to the widow of the late Lome C. Pethick, a former employee of the Orillia post office, $1,000.


CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART:

Would the minister explain this? It seems to be an extraordinary item.

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

The details are as follows;

It is to provide for payment of $1,000 to widow of the late Lome C. Pethick, former employee of the Orillia post office, who, as a result of a fall on a slippery sidewalk while on his way to work, broke two ribs which punctured his lungs, and resulted in death on 26th December, 1937, from pneumonia.

Mr. Pethick was employed as a temporary letter carrier in the Orillia post office from 9th April, 1937, to 26th December, 1937, date of death, from circumstances set forth above. He was a returned soldier.

The department understands that the widow has been unable to establish any claim against the city of Orillia due to lack of witnesses, and she is not eligible for compensation under the Workmen's Compensation Act as the injury was not sustained while Mr. Pethick was on duty, but on his way to work. It is recommended that, on compassionate grounds, an amount of $1,000 be paid his widow, who is represented to be in destitute circumstances.

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Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART:

I am afraid this opens up a line of cases that may cause the minister some difficulty in the future. Does he know of any precedent for a case of this kind? It often happens that a person is injured on his way to work, and at the moment of receiving the injury is not an employee of the government or a company or an individual for whom he may be working, and if he has no action against the city, for example, on account of the condition of the sidewalk, he is without legal remedy. Such cases occur quite often. Does the minister know of any case where similar action has been taken?

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LIB

William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

No; I do not know; but the man was on his way to work, and he might be regarded as being actually in the service of the department. Quite frankly, I would say that it is a case of showing perhaps too much sympathy, but we felt we might perhaps err on the humanitarian side. That is the whole story.

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June 1, 1938