Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):
Yes, or books
even more sacred than Hansard. I can imagine the difficulty there would be and the blame that would be attached to the Postmaster General. On the other hand one can imagine the reaction there would be if the Postmaster General, either himself or through his officials, opened and inspected letters addressed to private citizens, for instance during a general election campaign. I do not think any of my hon. friends opposite would accuse the Postmaster General (Mr. McLarty) of anything of that kind. But it would not be hard to imagine that I, for instance, might complain of one of my hon. friends opposite if he were Postmaster General-for example, my good friend from Toronto, over there, if it were suspected that while he was Postmaster General he or his censors opened my letters. There would be that constant state of fear, suspicion, discontent and hatred, with the result that we would find other ways of sending messages, other ways which would be irritating and expensive, and would not be of much value.
At the same time we would be increasing that bad and poisonous effect, of which I spoke earlier, of allowing ourselves to be overly afraid. My hon. friends know well that every time the toxic germs of fear course through our veins we weaken and lessen our effectiveness.
Topic: POST OFFICE ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO PROHIBIT THE SENDING THROUGH THE MAILS OF COMMUNISTIC LITERATURE