March 26, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX.

I have not changed my mind on the subject. I think I informed my hon. friend privately last year when the question came up, that the reason why I thought it unadvisable to issue a special stamp for the benefit of the tuberculosis hospital, was that we had just issued a series of stamps in connection with the Quebec Tercentenary. Besides, it is not considered advisable for any country to multiply special stamps; in fact, it is considered infra dignitatem by the Postal Union to issue special stamps unless it is for such purposes as that of last summer. But I can assure my hon. friend, and all the friends of the hospital fund, and of the movement against tuberculosis, that it is my desire and my aim to help as much as possible that' deserving movement. If it is clearly demonstrated that the issuing of such a special stamp, as is issued in Denmark, and I believe in one or two

other countries in Europe, would yield an amount which will substantially aid that fund, then I am open to conviction. In fact I have been reading many papers on the subject, and I hope that the time may come when I shall be able to realize the hon. gentleman's wishes.

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