February 12, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Alan Webster Neill



Without going into the main question of the government's policy in this regard, I should like to ask the Postmaster General if he could not see his way to allow some discretion, say to the district superintendent in dealing with small country post offices. I shall take an extreme case-but it goes all the way from there up-where the mail comes once a week by boat, very often on a Sunday. The post office is open on that Sunday; that is the regular custom in the country. The boat does not come back until the following Sunday. The postmaster or postmistress gets $100 a year-not a month. Along about Thursday she may take a notion to go out and pick berries or see some old friend down the bay; then someone writes in and complains and asks that she be fired because she is not adhering to the rules and keeping the post office open six days a week, although she kept it open on Sunday. In cases like that no good is done by maintaining the strict letter of the law, and I am sure it would not be abused if the minister would allow the district superintendent some discretion in dealing with such cases. These cases exist to my knowledge in little country places where for an afternoon the office could be closed and never be missed by the bulk of the people.

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