Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX:
I wish to call the attention of the Postmaster General to a complaint which I have received from Toronto, and to several other
complaints on the same matter, which I have received from members of the Montreal Board of Trade. These complaints have reference to the Atlantic Mail Service. I shall read two paragraphs from one of these letters so that the minister may give his explanation:
Dear Mr. Lemieux:
There is a great deal of dissatisfaction amongst the business community here, and I have no doubt elsewhere in Canada, over the English mail service which is now being furnished. As I understand it, we are so excessively patriotic that we will not let our letters go by New York, although in that way they would reach their destination several days sooner than by the Canadian service. I can speak from personal experience in saying that this has caused serious business inconvenience to my firm on many occasions, and I am sure you would have no difficulty in getting many expressions of a similar-nature.
As a concrete example, after the English mail closed here last week at six o'clock on Tuesday morning, there was no mail until Thursday night at six o'clock when it closed for Saturday's sailing of the Tunisian.
I wish further to ask the Postmaster General if the arrangement still prevails that if one routes his letter 'via New York,' that letter will be sent by the New York route and not by the Canadian route?