I should like to ask the Postmaster General a question in regard to the post office at Plaster Rock, New Brunswick., From a letter I received on June 19 I understand that post office officials, including one from the Saint John office, went to Plaster
Rock and made arrangements with the postmaster to build an addition to the present post office, which is just a small building. Back in 1939 the Post Office Department decided to build a new post office in the town of Plaster Rock. The Department of Public Works purchased a piece of land in the centre of the town and let a contract to build the post office. They let the contract, but the war came on in 1939 and the work was stopped. But the people of that town were promised that as soon as the war was over the post office would be completed. I understand, however, that last week an official from here made arrangements with the postmaster at Plaster Rock to build an addition to the present little post office he has there-which is only about ten by twelve-and promised him rental for a number of years. If that takes place the town of Plaster Rock will never have a new post office built on the piece of land that the department now owns. That is a progressive town and it should have a new post office. I am going to ask the minister if that is correct.
I have another question. On the second day of May, 1949, the recommendation was made by the Post Office Department to the Department of Public Works to build a new post office in the town of Woodstock. An estimate of $100,000 was put in last year's estimates for the purpose of commencing that building. I see that it has been omitted from this year's estimates. That post office at Woodstock was built soon after confederation. It has outlived its usefulness; it is an obsolete building. There is hardly room enough to turn around in that post office. I would ask the Postmaster General about those two post offices.
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