At any rate, let us understand each other. Whenever I have to seek information on religious matters, I shall try to get it from the religious authorities or from my parish priest, instead of listening to rather fanciful explanations of the hon. member for Cochrane.
That has become a habit now. I do not intend to take part in this discussion-
I am interested in a question that was asked a few days ago and wonder whether the minister could give the information now about the turnover in the letter carrier staff of the post office. Are there any statistics available to show the rate of resignation and hiring among letter carriers in the department?
I am informed that the general turnover throughout Canada is approximately 11.3 per cent. It is higher both in Vancouver and in Toronto as I mentioned the other day in answer to a question. In Vancouver it is 17.2 per cent and in Toronto 19.1.
Yes, it is, but of course it is higher among the younger people because of the higher level of employment and particularly where there is a tight labour market. That is why the average for Toronto and Vancouver is much higher than the general average throughout Canada.
Mr. Chairman, can the Postmaster General tell us what was the net increase in the number of letter carriers on the staff over the past year, let us say in the period from March 1, 1956 to March 1, 1957 or something of that nature?
other words, the engagements minus the resignations give a net increase of 252, which brings us closer to the figure in the estimate for last year. In his statement to the committee on the first item the Postmaster General told us that the increase in the number of householders served by letter carriers was 288,633. Later in answer to another question he told us that the average number of houses served by letter carrier was approximately 500. If we consider the 252 additional letter carriers as each serving 500 houses we come up with an increase in the number of houses served of approximately 125,000. How were the remaining 160,000-
odd houses served without increasing the burden on the letter carriers?