Mr. BERTRAND (Laurier):
On Thursday last the hon. member for Queens asked about certain changes in postal service organization with particular reference to their effect on Prince Edward Island. I have also received an inquiry from the hon. member for Rosthern respecting the Moose Jaw postal district.
Briefly stated, we have set up positions of regional directors of postal service in an endeavour to promote increased efficiency. There are only five such positions of senior rank, obviously not enough to go around on a provincial basis. Actually it would be impossible to organize an efficient postal service on provincial boundary lines.
Thirteen positions of district inspector of postal service have been established to look after purely inspectional duties of former district directors. Inspectors will be maintained at Charlottetown and Moose Jaw.
At the same time we have restored the position of postmaster at the more important offices, including Charlottetown and Moose Jaw. This has meant changes in titles and a certain shifting of responsibilities, but I can assure mjr honourable friends that no harm will come to any province because of anything we are doing in our internal organization. Indeed, the changes are made, as I have already indicated, with a view to a better postal service.
Subtopic: DISTRICT DIRECTOR OF POSTAL SERVICES, MOOSE JAW