Hon. P. J. VENIOT (Postmaster General):
The hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) inquired on the orders of the day on Friday last whether or not the^e was any accuracy in the report that the enamelled post office signs that were formerly printed in blue on a white ground had been withdrawn and signs with red letters on a white ground substituted therefor. In reply to his inquiry, I wish to give the following details:
The enamel post office signs printed in blue on white background are still in use on about 11,000 post offices, and will continue to be issued to all post offices except those situated on main highways.
In 1923 the Post Office Department introduced a red enamel sign with the words "Post Office" and the name of the post office in white letters thereon, for use only on post office buildings situated on main highways only. Applications to tender on 731 of these signs were issued to eight firms and only three of these firms submitted quotations, namely, The W. F. Vilas Company, Cowansville, Quebec; the Thomas Davidson Manufacturing Company, M'Ontreal, Quebec; and the Mc-Ofaty Manufacturing Company, Montreal, Quebec.
As the tender from the W. F. Vilas Company, Cowansville, was the lowest received, the contract was awarded to that firm. This sign, which shows the words "Post Office" and the name of the post- office serves a twofold purpose:
(1) It designates a post office.
(2) It gives the name of the place, thus
assisting tourists. ,
Since the introduction of the sign in 1923, numerous requests ha,ve been received for the extension of its use, but the department has confined the issue to post offices situated on main traffic highways only; therefore, the blue lettered white enamel sign bearing only the words "Post Office" is still being issued to all offices not situated on main tourist traffic highways. There is no contract pending for the purchase of additional signs.
Yesterday in conversation with the leader of the opposition I promised that I would have the tenders produced. The staff is now busy copying them, and I will hand them to my hon. friend as soon as they are ready, if that is satisfactory.