Mr. Chairman, I should like to make a few comments on the estimates of this successful and efficient publicly-owned and publicly-operated public service. I trust hon. members opposite will appreciate that statement. The minister no doubt has noticed that during the last year I have not had occasion to bother him at all, and I will give him the reason. I still think of him chiefly as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and on that account I have placed a "do not disturb" sign on his door so that he will have ample opportunity to study the Legion brief, which I know he is doing now, in an effort to decide what increase he is going to give in war veterans allowances, disability pensions, and so on.
However, having saved the minister those interruptions that might otherwise have been occasioned by the member for Kootenay West, I have had occasion to bring many inquiries and some complaints to the attention of the parliamentary assistant. I want to express my appreciation of his courtesy and of his promptitude in dealing with all matters that I have had to bring to his attention. It does not apply to all parliamentary assistants. I wrote a letter to one parliamentary assistant on January 23 and I have not received a reply yet, but I understand he will be back in a month or two.
Subtopic: POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT