Mr. Chairman, I want to say this one additional word. It has been suggested by various speakers that if this amendment carried no public tenders would be called at all and it would be a matter of perpetuity. Of course it does not work out that way, because what they are asking
for has been in operation for many years and there have been a lot of public tenders called within the past few years, every year as a matter of fact. The main reason for that is that, in the rural districts particularly, carriers are underpaid and there are very few people who are willing to take over contracts on the present terms. Consequently there are many public tenders called.
I do not know if the minister has this information, but I wonder how many public tenders have been called for mail contracts, let us say within the last year?
Topic: POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT WITH RESPECT TO TRANSFER OF CONTRACT