I do want to congratulate the minister upon his appointment. At the outset I want to say how pleased I am that this year there has been no campaign to abolish the small village post office. I have had that worry in past years, but during
1952 there has been no such campaign and I trust the Postmaster General has been somewhat responsible for that.
I should like to say a word in commendation of Mr. George Herring, who was recently superannuated from the position of director of communications. I always found Mr. Herring most co-operative, most attentive and most reasonable. While 1 am on the subject I should like to say a word about Mr. L. J. Mills, who I believe is on loan from the treasury branch of the Post Office Department. I have found him almost equally attentive. I say "almost" because Mr. Herring had the job for so long and knew the ropes so well it is hard for anyone to take his place, especially on a temporary basis. .
I should like also to join with those who have spoken about the predicament of the rural mail carriers. When I say "predicament" I mean it in its literal sense. It is a terrible system, and one that should be rectified as soon as possible. I have been hearing about it ever since I have been a member, and I hope I do not have to hear about this abominable system very much longer. We all hope some system will be devised which will be equitable to the rural mail carriers.
In conclusion I should like to say a word about a system which has been inaugurated by the civil service commission; that is the system of bringing outsiders to class I and II post offices. I think it is a bad thing for a man to have to move from one community to another as postmaster. When a man tries the civil service examinations and passes them, then goes into postal service in one post office, he should remain in that particular post office. His final reward for efficiency ought to be the postmastership there. I certainly do not agree that a man should be moved from one community to another and given that position.
Topic: POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT