April 12, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


James Sutherland (Minister Without Portfolio)



No ; in looking into the Act I find that the power is given in respect to special points, and this Bill is to increase the number of places where these offices may be established. The last clause provides for the establishment of a class of employees known as 'train porters.' I do not suppose the name would indicate particularly what they are, but it is found now that two or three times a week, especially in the large cities during the time that newspapers are being sent out in large quantities, an extra mail clerk has to be sent, and he has to receive mileage in addition to his salary for doing what is ordinary work in assisting the mail clerks with an overcrowded mail. It is thought that a saving would be effected, and that the work would be more efficiently done by establishing a class of employees' known as train porters who would be at headquarters, who could go out with these overcrowded mail trains, and who could, also, from time to time, take the places of transfer officers who are ill. There is a difficulty found in the department when a transfer officer is ill in

finding ail experienced man to take his place. It has been thought that after a short period of training these train porters would be able to do this work very much better than it can now be provided for. In the first instance that I have given where, on overcrowded trains, extra help is required, instead of sending out a mail clerk, the work would be done at a considerable saving to the country.

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