Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):
Mr. Speaker, I desire to rise on a question of privilege of which I have given Your Honour notice. My question of privilege relates to the use of United States of America postage stamps to mail certain material within Canada.
As a prelude I think I should indicate that the Post Office Act passed by this Parliament defines what is a postage stamp. Without quoting the section, it is whatever stamp or impression is authorized by the Postmaster General. Further, the act also provides that the Postmaster General may prescribe the conditions under which mailable matter will be mailed within Canada.
I have in my hand a postcard and it is necessary for me to read the very first sentence, though no other part. It reads:
May we ask your co-operation in a special survey of Time subscribers?
It is signed by a Ralph P. Davidson, associate publisher of Time International of Canada. It is postmarked Montreal at 1 p.m. on the 18th day of June and has a Canadian post office cancellation mark on it. The stamp is a United States of America six-cent stamp.
I am sure the Postmaster General did not authorize, as is his right under the Post Office Act, use of that particular stamp as an official stamp to be used within Canada, but for Time International to use that stamp to mail material-
Subtopic: MR. HOWARD (SKEENA)-USE OF UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMP BY "TIME INTERNATIONAL" ON POSTCARD MAILED IN CANADA