One instance was called
to my attention recently. It had reference to the town of Woodstock, New Brunswick, a town of over 3,000 people. The vacancy occurred following the death of the former postmaster, and some four or five returned men applied. However, when the appointment was made, it was given to a man sixty-five years of age, a Mr. Creighton from that town, who had been chairman of the Liberal organization for the town of Woodstock. Protest was made by the different returned men's organizations in the town and in the province of New Brunswick.
While discussing the matter, I should like to call attention to certain dismissals. I am not going to mention all of them, because there have been quite a number, but would draw
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the minister's attention particularly to one which occurred last year at Canterbury Station in the county of York, New Brunswick. The postmaster was a returned man. A complaint went to the member for York-Sunbury (Mr. Clark) and he, in turn, wrote the department stating a complaint had come to him that this man had been partisan, and that during the election he had taken an active part. The Postmaster General, or his department, wrote the member explaining the necessary procedure to have investigation and a commission appointed. One of the requisites was that affidavits be forwarded to the department, and that certain persons agree that they would furnish information when the commission was formed. I have a sessional paper before me containing correspondence in connection with the matter. A very weak affidavit, which meant almost nothing, was made. After receiving the affidavit and other information, the department evidently decided there was not sufficient information upon which to base a commission. So, no doubt through his advisers from that section, the hon. member for York-Sunbury decided to try another scheme. He then stated that the people were not satisfied, and that the location was not central. Any person who knows the village of Canterbury Station knows that it is a small one.