July 29, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

John Gordon Ross

Liberal

Mr. ROSS (Moose Jaw):

I do not say that, no. You are not going to run up against the same trouble with door-to-door deliveries that you will with rural mail service. Many rural mail carriers are having difficulty in getting tires; they are finding that there is not enough money in their contracts for them to carry on. You are going to have to cut out a lot of them anyway. Conditions have been changing in this country in the last few years. My farm is nine miles from the post office, and there is no difficulty about getting the mail and never has been. Many of the farmers in our part of the country have to go that distance for their mail. I am not talking about the farmers in Ontario who may have to go a half a mile or a mile for their mail. The farms in Ontario are much smaller than those in our part of the country, and distances are not as great. This rural mail business has been a matter of political push for some time. It is a system of mass patronage. I am going to suggest to the Postmaster General that he cut out the whole thing as soon as possible and get rid of an expensive and unnecessary service in this country.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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