I can assure the hon. member that his fears are not justified. We are applying the same principle in this connection, but we are being more generous in view of the increased cost of operation and the increase in wages generally. This policy was followed because it was so specified in the act, and the section of the act referring to this increase said the increased amounts were not to exceed the amounts paid generally for comparable services in the same area.
This is the policy we have followed in making these readjustments, and we take into consideration the hourly wage for similar work in the area, the distance to be covered and the number of boxes to be served. Of course the distance covered and the number of boxes would bring in the time element; the greater the distance covered and the more boxes, the longer it will take for the route to be completed. That, together with the hourly wage, will give us an idea as to what the general average adjustment should be, and that is the principle we have followed all along. I can assure the hon. member that what he fears will not take place. I am quite certain of that.
Topic: POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT