January 18, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Postmaster General; Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Hugues Lapointe (Postmaster General):

Mr. Speaker, the Post Office Department does not set itself up as a censoring body. Such literature, or objects in parcels, found to be passing through the mails would be stopped, and are not delivered should the matter come
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Inquiries of the Ministry to the attention of the post office. The literature would be destroyed and so would certain objects for whose carriage the mails are being used. But there is no body in the Post Office Department which is set up particularly to exercise censorship of the mails. It must be understood that most of this type of material would arrive under seal and could not be observed by the post office unless the parcel or envelope were opened. In many cases this is done at the port of entry by the customs officers in the normal exercise of their duties, and when it is found to be that type of material it is then referred to the Post Office Department and we do the investigation as to the source and the addressee.

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Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
Subtopic:   ACTION TO PROHIBIT ENTRY OF SALACIOUS LITERATURE
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