William McLean HAMILTON

HAMILTON, The Hon. William McLean, P.C., O.C.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
Birth Date
February 23, 1919
Deceased Date
June 7, 1989
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McLean_Hamilton
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=d2d5537f-110f-44dd-9b18-c73ee4819fc4&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
business executive

Parliamentary Career

August 10, 1953 - April 12, 1957
PC
  Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
June 10, 1957 - February 1, 1958
PC
  Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (June 21, 1957 - July 12, 1962)
March 31, 1958 - April 19, 1962
PC
  Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Quebec)
  • Postmaster General (June 21, 1957 - July 12, 1962)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 328 of 331)


January 15, 1954

Mr. Hamilton:

Turning now to the report, and the section regarding the financial and statistical controls, we find that it says:

It has been recognized in the department for some time that there is a lack of information on which to base policy decisions and control activities. The only existing data which can be used to compare the operations of two post offices is the dollar revenue received by the post offices. This is not an adequate measure of the volume of work performed by each.

The report continues with other criticisms along the same line, which I shall not set out in the record. I have no doubt that later on the Postmaster General will tell us about all the things he has done to implement the report and what he is going to do later on. He will tell us what a bright picture there will be. I would like to put on the record something regarding past history and what might have been done by a particular division. The report says:

A cost ascertainment division was established to devise a practical method whereby the cost of handling various types of mail could be established or estimated.

We know that the cost ascertainment division was established in 1946. Then quoting again from the report:

The division has made some progress and each year produces a statistical report in which the cost of the various postal services is estimated. During recent months-

And remember that is six years after.

-a few of the large post offices have been asked to estimate their expenditures in advance and submit monthly reports comparing their actual expenditures with these estimates.

And so, six years after we established a division to do something, the cost ascertainment division, they are still beginning to go into action. This is one of the reasons 1 hesitate to put any confidence in any statement to the effect that we are going to rush into action on all the recommendations in this report, or any statement that they have been already implemented or that they are going to be implemented very shortly.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954
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January 15, 1954

Mr. Hamilton:

About one minute will do it.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954
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January 15, 1954

Mr. Hamilton:

Quoting again from the report-and I am almost to the end of the quotation-

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954
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January 15, 1954

Mr. Hamilton:

As I was saying to the minister, Mr. Chairman, when this point came up I did not realize that I would have the opportunity to put this information on the records of the House of Commons at as early a stage as this, and I took advantage of the opportunity in order that, as I said to him today, the information having been set out he might give us his answers and his explanations of these facts.

Before I resume my seat I have just one further question. I should like to ask the minister when we in Notre Dame de Grace are going to get our second mail delivery a day.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954
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January 15, 1954

Mr. Hamilton:

The report contains a section concerning licensed vendors. Apparently a licensed vendor is a man who purchases stamps from the post office and resells them. These would be tobacconists and places of that kind. Quoting from the report I find it says:

Even the most active vendors rarely receive more than 75 cents per month and the stamps are generally sold as a convenience to their customers. In one instance that came to our attention the vendor made 17 trips to the post office in one month to purchase stamps for resale and received a total commission of 57 cents. Each purchase involved a preparation and signature of the receipt which was later forwarded to Ottawa and processed.

Permit holders on the other hand purchase their stamps at face value and there is no special accounting involved. It is suggested that the licensing of vendors be discontinued.

That is one thing which I hope the government has already done.

Topic:   POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENT TO INCREASE POSTAGE ON LETTERS AFTER APRIL 1, 1954
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