Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to address a question to the Postmaster General. I do wish he would continue to wear his bright red waistcoat. When he does we can see him easily, and we consider it a symbol of the parliamentary mail box into which we can drop inquiries. Incidentally, Mr. Speaker, we also consider it a touch of colour in the otherwise vulpine Victorian vista opposite. Now for my question.
In view of the numerous protests from philatelists, more commonly known as stamp collectors, concerning the alleged elimination of plate numbers from further issues of stamps, and since because the minister's estimates were passed by the last parliament we are denied the normal opportunity to interrogate or irritate the minister, or the minister the opportunity to reply, would the minister under these circumstances make a statement concerning the procedures of the philatelic branch of his department, for the information of the house and the country, having regard to and being guided by memories of his relentless quest for complete information on postal affairs when a member of the opposition?
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PRACTICE OF PHILATELIC BRANCH