May 24, 1939

LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

I believe that the Post Office Department, before making any change of name, endeavours to obtain not only information from the geographic board and the surveys branch, but all other information available.

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IND

Martha Louise Black

Independent Conservative

Mrs. BLACK:

I wish particularly to thank the department for the change in name they made in a very small postal division in the Yukon. The name was mentioned as the pronunciation called for, but it was not spelled correctly; and upon representations, the department very kindly spelled the name correctly.

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CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

I notice on page 161 of the estimates that apparently we have only one postmaster, grade 10. In what city is that postmaster?

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LIB
CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

Has an appointment been made of postmaster at Toronto?

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

In Toronto the district director is also postmaster, the post office being grade 12.

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CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

That is a new grade,

then. On page 161 there is not any grade 12 office mentioned.

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

It comes under the district director and inspection service.

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LIB-PRO

George William McDonald

Liberal Progressive

Mr. McDONALD (Souris):

Before the item is passed, I wish to put in a word for the smaller salaried employees. There are men working in the Post Office Department who get as little as $60 a month. I know of one married man in that situation, and I think we all realize that no married man can live in the city of Ottawa on $60 a month. The man I have in mind has been on the temporary staff for eight years, and if he does not get a permanent appointment within two months he will be out of a position. Possibly I should be blaming the civil service commission, because I understand that civil service regulations govern these matters. I am not finding any fault with higher salaried employees of the Post Office Department, because I believe that the department is run better than, or at any rate as well as, any other department of the government. I hope the present minister will be able to do something to help these low salaried employees.

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

It is the civil service commission that sets the salaries for the employees of the Post Office Department.

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CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

I should like to ask about the mail service on St. Clair avenue, Toronto. May I inquire under this item?

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LIB
CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

The minister has had a letter on the subject from the St. Clair Avenue Business Men's Association, which is made up of business men from, I believe, where Bathurst street crosses St. Clair, to as far west as Silverthorn avenue, a distance of about two miles. These business men represent a district which has become one of the most important business centres m the city. They have been complaining that on Saturdays they are not able to have their registered letters delivered to them before the banks close at the noon

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hour. If these letters were delivered earlier, business men could make their deposits before the banks close at noon. They also complain that these letters which they do not get on Saturday are not delivered until Monday afternoon. They ask for three mails a day instead of two, and a Saturday delivery before twelve o'clock. Has the matter been brought to the attention of the minister?

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

The matter is at present under investigation, and the representations of which the hon. member speaks will be considered before a decision is arrived at.

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LIB

David James Hartigan

Liberal

Mr. HARTIGAN:

For a number of years Glace Bay has been looking for an extension of its town delivery. It is a large mining centre, with a population of about thirty to thirty-two thousand, and there is a partial system now installed which is working very well. Glace Bay is one of the best revenue producing cities which the department has. I understand the reason why the system has not been extended is that quite a number of the people have not fitted their doors with slots or receptacles in order to get the mail. I want to take this opportunity to point out to the departmental heads as well as to the minister that the people of Glace Bay have been promised this mail service for so many years that they have almost given up hope of getting it; and while quite a number have put in the slots or receptacles necessary for containing the mail, a great many others have not. I do not think it is fair to withhold the service from those who have equipped their doors, and I believe that if the department were to instal this service, say, any time to-morrow, those who have not equipped their doors to receive mail will do so within two or three days. They realize that the central portions of the town are efficiently served in this respect, but they say, " What is the use? We won't get it." I appeal to the minister to have the system installed, and I will guarantee that these people who only need to be convinced will certainly instal with alacrity their part of the equipment.

Mr. McLARTY; My understanding is that the only reason why the delivery system has not been installed was that it was required that fifty per cent of the residents along the route would instal slots in their doors. The purpose of the requirement is obvious. Without it, the mail carrier has to go round to the back-door; this results in inconvenience and delay in the mail, and it is unfair to those who do instal equipment. This is a matter in connection with which the department has

to observe some rules. We shall be glad to give consideration to the representations of the hon. member.

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LIB

David James Hartigan

Liberal

Mr. HARTIGAN:

There is one other angle I should like the Postmaster General to bear in mind. As he must know, a great number of people in a large mining community are not so greatly interested in receiving their mail. It may be convenient for some of these people who receive only periodicals and an occasional letter to call at the main post office and get them: at the same time these people are depriving the vast majority of a daily delivery of mail. As I have said, if the department would instal the service and deliver the mail to those who have already equipped their doors with receptacles, the others would follow suit within a day or two.

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CON

Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

There is a matter regarding superannuation which I should like to- bring to the minister's attention. Does he wish it brought up at this time, or would he .prefer that it be mentioned on another item?

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

Would it be peculiarly referable to the post office at all?

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CON

Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

That was the point I wanted to bring up. It is in connection with the post office. I do not wish to refer to any particular case, just to the general question of the superannuation of post office employees.

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LIB

Norman Alexander McLarty (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. McLARTY:

I think the hon. member might as well do it now.

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May 24, 1939