Before this item passes, I would like to ask the Postmaster General by whose advice he is guided in the dismissal of postmasters and in changing post offices. I do not know whether it has been the case in other counties besides that which 1 have the honour to represent, but, in that county since the election of the 7th of November last, and just previous to the election, a great many changes in post offices were made. Many postmasters, who were very competent officials, and had been for many years discharging their duties with credit to themselves and benefit to the community have been dismissed, and without any charge as far as the public know, without any investigation, having taken place. From my place in the House, I have asked questions with respect to two of these officials, and have received the somewhat curt answer of the minister that it was done upon his own responsibility, and that these men were partisans. Not only have postmasters been dismissed in this manner, but post offices have been moved from one part of a community to another, greatly to the detriment of the service, and post offices have even been closed up. 1 presume, though I do not know for certain, that the Postmaster General has been guided in the past by the advice of the gentleman who represented the county that I have the honour now to represent. When it became my fortune, whether good or ill, to replace that gentleman in this House, it was greatly to his annoyance, and he has sought to wreak his spite, on these office holders throughout the county; and not only upon the office holders, but upon the people in the county where the post offices have been changed or closed up. I have in mind a small place in a country district, Donegal, a name familiar to many of the gentlemen of this House, situated in the parish of Waterford, another name that is familiar. The post office there inis been closed up entirely, and I understand that the government are going to open another post office in a neighbouring district where there is one already. As a matter of fact, this is a mountainous district and a high mountain intervenes between these two places. Therefore, the people of Donegal-and there are ten or twelve heads of families to be served by this office-will be obliged to go two or three miles, and to climb the mountain to reach the other office. That is a great hardship. It seems to me that post offices are not placed for the benefit or the advantage, or the interest of the friends of the party in Mr. WALLACE.
power, but that the Post Office Department is intended for the benefit of all Canadians irrespective of party. It seems small to gratify spite by taking it out of these poor people in the remote district. Life for them is hard at the best; give them what advantage you can. If they are to be deprived of postal accommodation, it is a very great hardship indeed. I trust, therefore, the minister will take the advice of his responsible officers, especially the post office inspector, who is directly charged with the direction of these matters and not the advice of irresponsible parties, even though they are supporters of the government.
Topic: SUPPLY-THE CORONATION OATH.
Subtopic: VISIT OF THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND YORK.