April 19, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Eugène Paquet

Conservative (1867-1942)


ished, but while this is satisfactory enough from the public point of view, it gives poor comfort, to the losers of the money, who may frequently be in sore need of it. Another aspect of the matter, however, calls for serious consideration. While the postal authorities are engaged in tracing out the guilty parties, it is no unusual thing for suspicion to rest on honest and perfectly honourable employees, and the knowledge that such is the case and that they are kept, so to speak, under a surveillance which is painful to them as it is insulting, naturally tends to make their lives miserable and to engender in them disgust for their employment. It is certainly not in the public interest that so undesirable a state of things as this should continue any longer, especially as there are so many ways of sending money through the post with absolute safety by registered letter, by insured registered letter, by money order or by postal note, upon all of which the rates have been so greatly reduced that they are within every one's reach, and the money, if lost, can always be recovered.
Why then people should persist in entrusting money to the uncertain and dangerous channel of ordinary letters is beyond comprehension. Under the circumstances we would take the liberty of suggesting to the Honourable the Postmaster General, who has already made so many improvements in our postal service, to make another and an equally needful one in this important particular, which might he done either by giving it to be publicly understood that no special trouble will be taken to trace ordinary letters containing money that are lost or stolen, or by passing a Bill at the present session imposing a flne upon all persons sending money in ordinary letters. This last measure would have the double eft'ect of protecting the public and rendering existence more agreeable to the honest postal employees, who have to suffer from the present deplorable state of affairs. We sincerely trust to see favourable consideration given to this matter by the Postmaster General, and at the same time we would strongly advise our readers never to send money through the mails, no matter how small the amount, in a letter that is not registered or insured, or by some of the other safe methods above indicated.
Le Soleil,' of Quebec, of the same date, publishes the following :
The transmission of money by mail.
A great number of people have the very bad habit of .sending money in letters that are not registered. Several of such letters go astray or are lost. It is true that the thieves always end by being caught, but in the meantime it often happens that suspicion hangs over perfectly honest employees, and when these latter become aware of it they take a dislike for their positions and lead a miserable existence.
There are, however, many safe ways of sending money by mail, such as by registered letter insured letters (lettres assurdes), post office orders and drafts. The tariff for these different forms has been considerably reduced in order to induce the public to make use of them. Yet how many people still persist in sending money in ordinary letters.
We therefore take the liberty of suggesting to the Honourable the Postmaster General who has already improved so much the postal service, to have a law passed, during the present session, that will impose a fine on all those imprudent, not to say stupid, people who send money in letters that are not registered Such

law would have the two-fold result of protecting the public and of rendering more agreeable the lives of those honest employees who suffer from this unfortunate state of affairs.
We hope that our suggestion will be taken into serious consideration by the Honourable the Postmaster General. In any case, we advise our readers to never send any money, not even the smallest sum, in a letter that is not registered or insured.
2. Is the Post Office Department aware that a law similar to that asked for in articles in question exists in France, and is as follows :
Are punishable with a fine of from 50 to 500 francs (Article 9 of the laws of the 4th June,' 1859, and of the 25th January, 1873), 1st the inclosing of gold, of silver, of jewels and of other precious goods in correspondence ; 2nd, the inclosing of bank notes, bonds, cheques, coupons or dividends or interests due and payable to bearer, in letters that are not submitted to the formality of registration (ehargement ou de la recommandation) ?
3. If so is it the intention of the Post Office Department, for the better protection of the public in general and of the employees in particular, to have a law passed this session based upon that which now exists in France1 and in other foreign countries ?

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