January 14, 1954 (22nd Parliament, 1st Session)

PC

William McLean Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton:

I think we might get a great deal of interesting information from it and I shall be delighted to see it. Thank you for the offer.
Summarizing what I have tried to set before the house today, may I say that, first, the government has used the post office to pile up huge surpluses in the past twenty years in direct contradiction of the policy of the Post Office Department in previous years; second, the government, for reasons best known to itself, has forced the post office to subsidize the operation of Trans-Canada Air Lines in order that Trans-Canada Air Lines might show a profit; third, the government, through excessive use of the franking privilege by its various departments, is burdening the post office with costs of other departments; fourth, that the users of first-class mail are being forced to pay more than the cost of their service in order to subsidize losses on other classes of mail which are quite legitimate, but which should be properly charged to the general revenue of the government; fifth, that this government is not giving adequate or sufficient postal service at the present time; and, sixth, that
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the government and the Postmaster General seem to have made no demonstrated case at the present time that the proposed increases are required.
For these reasons I am opposed most definitely to the legislation now before the House of Commons.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954
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