Mr. Chairman, first of all I should like to say to the Postmaster General that when I was home for a day or two I was very pleased to find that mail delivery in Sutherland on the outskirts of Saskatoon, or perhaps I should say now within the boundaries, is in operation and the people are very happy indeed. I should like to convey that message to the minister. They have some doubt as to the plans for the city of Saskatoon itself.
About a month ago I wrote to the minister and I sent a copy of my letter to the Minister of Public Works. At that time I asked the Postmaster General what the plans were for the city of Saskatoon. I understood that certain plans with regard to extension had been decided upon. The reply I received from the Postmaster General was that these plans-I am simply relying on my memory now-had been approved and that the matter was now within the jurisdiction of the Minister of Public Works.
Since the Minister of Public Works only received a copy of the letter perhaps I could not have expected a reply from him. I do not know what the convention is in that regard, but at any rate he did not reply. A week or two ago I wrote to him again and as yet I have had no reply. My first question is, what are the plans for the extension of the post office facilities in Saskatoon? Second, are there certain offices in the federal building in Saskatoon which are going to be used by the Post Office Department in the near future or is it the intention of the department to construct a new building in the near future? I think that covers it.
May I also draw the minister's attention to a public statement made by the postmaster of that city in which he stated that the post office officials would not be able to face another Christmas rush such as they had this year without further accommodation. I should like to get a preview of what is going to happen there and when.
Topic: POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT