William Pate MULOCK

MULOCK, The Hon. William Pate, P.C., Q.C.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
York North (Ontario)
Birth Date
July 8, 1897
Deceased Date
August 25, 1954
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Pate_Mulock
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=5c6d13ed-6be7-40bb-aa19-642b489d17de&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
fruit grower, lawyer

Parliamentary Career

September 24, 1934 - August 14, 1935
LIB
  York North (Ontario)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  York North (Ontario)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  York North (Ontario)
  • Postmaster General (July 8, 1940 - June 8, 1945)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 148)


June 11, 1951

Mr. Mulock:

That is correct. The postage has

not been raised. But my colleague the Minister of Finance has required extra money for the war expenditure. It'was estimated that something upwards of $8 million could be raised by an additional one cent on letters and post cards. It was not that the Post Office Department required more money for operating. In fact our surplus as shown in the report has increased substantially in the last few years, from some $3,250 to upward of $4,500,000, with every indication that it will be still higher, although the final figures for the fiscal year are not yet in.

The point I wish to make is that when the postage on letters was boosted first from two cents to three cents, and then later to

Post Office Act

four cents it was made clear by the Postmaster General and by the minister of finance of that day that that four cents was not all postage; it was two cents postage and two cents tax for purposes of war revenue. Today, without much notice being paid to it, we have had laid before us a proposal which builds that two cents, which has been on during these years as a matter of tax, into the postage rate structure. It may be that increased costs make this change necessary. It may be that the idea of penny postage, in view of what has happened to the value of money, is gone. But I felt that before we passed this last section we should know what we are doing. We are changing the basis of our four cent postage rate from what it has been for years, two cents postage and two cents tax, to four cents postage-

Topic:   II, 1951
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August 12, 1944

Mr. MULOCK:

Yes.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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August 12, 1944

Hon. W. P. MULOCK (Postmaster General):

There was no opportunity yesterday to reply to the leader of the opposition.

Family Allowances

It is quite true there have been recent reductions in airgraph postage rates from ten to five cents, and the air-letter form for prisoners in Germany has been reduced from ten cents to five cents, while the air-letter form to prisoners of war and internees in the far east has also been reduced from ten cents to five cents. The leader of the opposition asked, in view of these reductions, whether it would be possible to reduce the parcel postage rate. I would advise him that the ordinary civilian rate before the war to the United Kingdom was 24 cents for the first pound and 18 cents for each subsequent pound. To Italy and Sicily the rate was 60 cents for the first pound and $1.10 for three pounds and following pounds much higher than our rate. However, the rate has been set at 12 cents per pound up to 11 pounds in a theatre of war whether in Africa or India or the United Kingdom. Out of that 12 cents the department must make payments to the United Kingdom or in some cases to the United States. The actual cost of handling these parcels in Canada, paying cost of transportation overseas, and land charges, exceeds 12 cents. We are actually handling these parcels at less than cost at the present time. In view of the fact that any reduction would cost approximately a quarter of a million a year for every cent of reduction, it is not felt that a reduction can be made at this time unless more favourable rates can be negotiated.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN FORCES
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August 12, 1944

Hon. W. P. MULOCK (Postmaster General):

I would advise the leader of the opposition that I received notice of his question at only five minutes to eleven. I am making inquiries and I shall be glad to make a statement to-morrow.

Topic:   INQUIRY AS TO POSTAL RATES ON PARCELS FOR OVERSEAS
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August 12, 1944

Mr. MULOCK:

Yes.

Topic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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