Mr. G. T. Fulford (Leeds):
Mr. Speaker, it is not my intention to delay the proceedings of the house for more than two or three minutes, because I feel that everything that could be said on this subject was said this afternoon. The debate will have shown the Postmaster General (Mr. Cote) the arduous task ahead of the committee in separating the wheat from the chaff.
Excellent ideas have been put forth in the debate. I think all hon. members representing rural constituencies owe a debt of gratitude to the minister for setting up the committee. I do not think there is one of us who is not worried over the inequalities of the present system. Each of us has in the back of his mind some solution to overcome those inequalities; indeed, we have heard them discussed today.
I trust the present system will be superseded by one that will give the rural mail couriers a fair return on their investment, a fair return on the amount they put into their cars and equipment, or the sleighs they may have to use in the winter months. I trust some formula can be devised, based upon the length of the route, the number of boxes along the route, the condition of the roads and the like. When a man seeks a contract or is given the duty of delivering the mails he will then be assured of at least an honest and fair return on the amount he must lay out for equipment and for the time he must spend at his work.
Urban mail carriers are required to pass a civil service examination. As far as the
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Committee on Post Office appointment of rural mail couriers is concerned, I think we should do away with the objectionable patronage that enters into these appointments and have civil service examinations set for these people, bearing in mind always that they should receive an adequate return on their investment and for the time required to carry out their duties.
Topic: POST OFFICE
Subtopic: COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER AMENDMENTS