The hon. member for Peterborough West requested me last night to ask a question with regard to salaries paid to postal men. Apparently they were promised an increase of 8300 per annum, but instead of being given that increase-
One other question. I am told that if a person uses the blue airmail form for delivery in Canada the letter is returned; it is not delivered, although the fee for that letter is ten cents, whereas for the ordinary airmail letter it is only seven. Why is that? There is nothing on the form itself to show that it is for use only for overseas. I suggest that if this blue form is to be used only for letters sent overseas a notation to that effect should be printed on it.
There must be some confusion, because we have no particular form of letters to-day for airmail in Canada, although we did have at the start. We were using a very light envelope. To-day businessmen use ordinary envelopes and letterheads for airmail and the fee is seven cents.
I am speaking of the blue form. A person can go into the post office and pick up one of these forms, and in fact that was done by the person who wrote to me. He did not send a letter overseas but posted one from Winnipeg to Vancouver. He paid ten cents postage and the letter was not delivered in Vancouver. After a long delay it was returned to the sender, and yet there is nothing on the form to show that it must be used only for overseas.
I have waited all afternoon for an opportunity to bring up this matter on behalf of my colleague the hon. member for Winnipeg North. It has reference to the
Winnipeg post office. They have a service once a day now. They had service twice a day before the war. There were 261 employees then and only 228 now, and men are being laid off. There are 103 who went to the services, only twenty-seven having come back. I wanted to bring this matter up to see what could be done. .