June 24, 1954

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PC

George Clyde Nowlan

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nowlan:

Well, I have the facts from people who are thoroughly reliable and they say there was always someone in the house and that no card was ever left there. They even took up the carpet and moved the bookcase to see whether the card may somehow have slipped under them but they were unable to find any card. I think this is a situation which indicates that the system might be reviewed, because after a survey of the facts in this case it seems rather strange that the letter should have lain there without being delivered. It might even lie there for a year. Would you allow that to happen, or what would you do in a case like this?

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LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Cote:

After two deliveries without success we leave a card requesting the people to call for the letter. That is exactly what was done in this case. We have the names of all the employees who tried to deliver the letter. I do not say the system we have is perfect but we are trying to improve not only this part but other parts of the service. As far as the regulations are concerned I believe, and I think the hon. member will agree, that we have followed the regulations and attempted a delivery on two occasions without success. We then left the card. As it may be of some interest to my hon. friend, I might inform him that according to regulations special deliveries are made from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day including Sunday.

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CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Noseworihy:

Mr. Chairman, on this item I wonder if the minister would make a brief statement for the information of the public on a matter about which there is some confusion, namely just when and where letters can be carried by air with an ordinary five-cent stamp, and when anyone wanting special air delivery has to affix a special stamp.

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Charles Delmar Coyle

Mr. Cole:

All first-class mail is taken by air up to eight ounces when it will speed the delivery of such mail.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

Is it not the case that this applies only to mail delivered in Canada?

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Charles Delmar Coyle

Mr. Cole:

Yes.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

It does not apply to letters sent to the United States, for example?

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Charles Delmar Coyle

Mr. Cole:

No, for domestic delivery only.

Supply-Post Office

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

If anyone wished to send a letter to the United States by air mail he would have to affix a seven-cent stamp.

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LIB

Item agreed to. 344. Financial services, including audit of revenue, money order and savings bank business; and postage stamps, $2,586,950.


CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Noseworthy:

Mr. Chairman, I notice in the details of this item at page 419 there is an item for the renting of accounting machines amounting to $42,000 and another for the printing of money order forms amounting to $147,000. Are those accounting machines rented from private firms or from any other government department, and is the printing done by the government printing office in regard to these money order forms?

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LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Cote:

The $42,000 item provides for the rental of machines necessary for accounting. They are rented.

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CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Noseworthy:

From a private firm?

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LIB
CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Noseworthy:

The post office does not

own any of them?

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LIB
CCF

Joseph William Noseworthy

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Noseworthy:

In regard to the printing of money order forms for which there is an item of $147,000, is that printing done outside the government printing bureau?

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LIB

June 24, 1954