When my time expired earlier this afternoon, I was discussing a letter from Mr. Herwig to the Postmaster General, dated October 4, 1928. It reads:
We appreciate the fact that this ease has been pending a very long time. We are convinced, however, that he should be regarded as eligible and given the appointment in accordance with the spirit of the Civil Service Act.
That is the opinion of Mr. Herwig, of the Service Bureau, Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League.
In reply to this the secretary-and I presume it must be the secretary of the Postmaster General as the letter is from his office-writes as follows:
Mr. J. C. G. Herwig,
Service Bureau, Canadian Legion of the B.E.S.L.,
P.O. Box No. 384, Ottawa, Ontario.
Your favour of the 4th instant re the Norton postmastership, reached here during the absence of the Postmaster General.
Same will be submitted to him immediately on his return to the office and will receive the most serious consideration.
L. D. Theriault,
Then we have a memorandum dated October 20, 1928, from the Postmaster General to his deputy, as follows:
If not already rejected, notify commission of rejection of certificate in favour of Ward.
That is the whole of that memorandum. The next letter following this is dated October 25, 1928, to the Secreraty of the Civil Service Commission, Ottawa, as follows:
The Postmaster General has given attention to the above-mentioned postmastership, in regard to which a certificate was issued by the Civil Service Commission on the 30th July, 1924, on behalf of Mr. George Ward, returned soldier.
In this connection. I beg to inform you that Mr. Ward is hereby rejected as unsuitable under section 24 of the Civil Service Act, and to state that with a view to making another selection, the vacancy will be advertised in the very near future.
This is as far as I intend to carry this case along at the present time. The vacancy was again advertised, and Mr. Ward, the same returned soldier, and Mr. William E. Harmer,
another returned soldier, made application, but still the office at Norton is being occupied by acting postmaster W. E. Reynolds. I wish to close this matter of the Norton post office by saying that the Postmaster General has disregarded the provisions of the law of this country and, in particular, the Civil Service Act.
The minister stated earlier this afternoon that he has Carried on in the same way as his predecessors. The Hon. Charles Murphy, who was Postmaster General for Canada in a former Liberal government, let this matter stand, and recognized the application of Mr. Ward from 1922 to 1925. The present Postmaster General is always making statements of this kind. There are in the file statements and letters under his own signature which are absolutely untrue and the Postmaster General knows that himself.
Topic: POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT