June 24, 1954

LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Cote:

In order to add to the information given by my hon. friend, the stamp he showed was one of an issue of 4 cent and 5 cent wildlife design stamps issued in April, 1953. The series of wildlife stamps was introduced for annual issue to support Canada's national wildlife week and the preservation of wild life. The grey coloured 4 cent stamp depicts a walrus and the blue coloured 5 cent stamp depicts a beaver. These two stamps will be short-term commemorative issues. The stamps were designed by Emanuel Hahn of Toronto.

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Gordon Minto Churchill

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Churchill:

What is the quantity of commemorative stamps issued? Is there some policy with regard to that? How great or how small is the issue?

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Charles Delmar Coyle

Mr. Cole:

I will give the postage stamp impressions purchased. In 1951-52 there were

1,863,845,000 stamps and in 1952-53 there were 1,870,075,000 stamps.

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LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Cote:

I have not got that breakdown, but those are the total impressions purchased in 1951-52 and 1952-53.

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John Angus MacLean

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacLean:

What the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre has just said reminded me that perhaps the time has come, as the walrus said, to speak of many things. Therefore I should like to ask the minister if he can indicate to the committee what series of stamps, if any, have been approved for issue in the near future that have not yet appeared. Perhaps he might give that for the year ahead. I am thinking particularly of any commemorative stamps that may have been approved but have not yet been issued in connection with such events as the British Empire games.

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LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Cote:

It is not news to the committee that we have issued a new set of stamps depicting the Queen to replace the not so successful stamp on the coronation. We must admit that the new one is far better. I am sorry that I cannot answer the second part of the question as to commemorative stamps for the coming year.

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John Angus MacLean

Progressive Conservative

Mr. MacLean:

I was not referring to the present general issue with the new likeness of the Queen. I was thinking of any special stamps which have already been approved but have not yet appeared.

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PC

Harry Oliver White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. White (Middlesex East):

If I may be

permitted to revert to item 343 for a moment, I should like to ask the minister what percentage of first class mail is actually transported by air?

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PC

Harry Oliver White

Progressive Conservative

Mr. White (Middlesex East):

Yes, what

percentage of first class mail is actually airborne?

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LIB

Alcide Côté (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. Cote:

The closest I can come to it now is between 30 and 40 per cent.

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Item agreed to. 699. Operations-further amount required, $1,265,904.


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

This supplementary item is a companion item to one we had in the main

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estimates a few moments ago. In other words, it has to do with the same question of operations. I should like to say a few words concerning a matter which comes under the operations branch. I have in my hand sessional paper No. 94-M, which was tabled in the house on Tuesday, June 22, 1954. It contains some 89 pages. Most of it, indeed almost all of it, is correspondence between the operations branch of the post office and certain people in Winnipeg. The subject matter of this return is the matter of appointments to small post offices situated in the constituency of Winnipeg North Centre. As hon. members will readily gather, this 89-page document is a companion volume to the one my colleague, the hon. member for Winnipeg North, displayed in the house a few weeks ago. When I indicate that it is a companion volume I mean to indicate that there is a good deal of similarity between the other document and this document, and it is not my intention, Mr. Chairman, to make a speech that would be merely a duplication of the excellent speech made on this question of patronage in the Post Office Department by my colleague the hon. member for Winnipeg North.

This document does bring out one or two points in addition to the points that were brought out in the sessional paper which was displayed by my colleague, the hon. member for Winnipeg North. I may say at the outset, Mr. Chairman, that practically the same names appear in this file as appeared in my colleague's file. There are names such as those of Alderman Peter Taraska, Mr. D. W. W. Revie, the secretary to the Minister of Justice and one or two others. In other words, the same people seem to be involved in this correspondence with the operations branch regarding post office appointments in the various constituencies in the Winnipeg area. There is also correspondence with the same secretary of the Manitoba and northwestern Ontario command of the Canadian Legion, and one additional person who turns up in this file who did not turn up in the other file. This additional person is Mr. W. A. Molloy.

Perhaps I should identify some of these people. Mr. D. W. W. Revie, to whom I have already referred, is an official of the Manitoba Liberal-Progressive Association. Mr. Peter Taraska was the Liberal candidate in Winnipeg North in 1945 and 1949, on both of which occasions he was defeated by my colleague the hon. member for Winnipeg North. In 1953 he came over to Winnipeg North Centre and gave me the benefit of his candidacy as the Liberal candidate and once again enjoyed defeat. Mr. W. A. Molloy was

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the Liberal candidate in Winnipeg North Centre in 1949. As I pointed out there is also a good deal of correspondence in this file, as in the other one, between the operations branch and the secretary of the Minister of Justice. There seem to be no letters addressed directly to the Minister of Justice and no letters written by the Minister of Justice. Rather the letters are to the minister's secretary and she is asked to forward the minister's recommendation. She replies stating that her minister recommends such and such and then another letter goes back to the secretary of the Minister of Justice advising that her minister's recommendation has been accepted.

As I say, Mr. Chairman, it would be an imposition on my part were I to regale the house with the same kind of outline as was given by my colleague, the hon. member for Winnipeg North. But I do feel I should draw attention to one or two aspects of this file which are a little different. I have referred to the fact there are letters here addressed to the same Alderman Peter Taraska, who had a good deal to do with appointments in Winnipeg North and he has had something to do with appointments in Winnipeg North Centre as well. This seems to have begun about the time he moved over and became a candidate in Winnipeg North Centre.

The case of Mr. Molloy is extremely interesting. I find that there has been correspondence, according to this file, with him with respect to five different small post office appointments in the constituency of Winnipeg North Centre. In only one of those five cases, so far as I can ascertain from going through this file, did Mr. Molloy make a recommendation; that was back in 1949. I do not know why, but apparently Mr. Molloy does not seem to be too interested in this matter of post office patronage. I say that to his credit, and I repeat that he was my Liberal opponent in 1949. Indeed, I ask hon. members to note this with regard to the other four cases. They are found on pages 18 to 23; 26 to 31; 49 to 55; and 80 to 85 of this sessional paper that I hold in my hand. Those page numbers are inclusive in all cases. Strangely enough in each of those cases hon. members will notice that I have referred to six pages in the file-six letters-and the pattern is the same in all four instances.

First of all, there is a letter-let me take the first one I gave as an example, pages 18 to 23 of this file. As hon. members know, these files are built up from the bottom, sc we start on page 23. Starting with that page, we note that on May 29, 1950, a letter went to Mr. Molloy from the director of

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operations, advising him of a certain vacancy and asking him for his recommendation. There was no answer immediately, so on June 19, 1950 a second letter went to Mr. Molloy with respect to the same vacancy. Mr. Molloy answered that letter on June 23, 1950. His letter, addressed to the director of operations reads as follows:

I acknowledge your request for recommendation of a suitable person for permanent appointment as postmaster at the above-mentioned post office.

I thank you for referring this matter to me, and I wish to advise that I am not in a position to make any recommendations.

That is the third letter on the file. First, there are two letters to Mr. Molloy advising him of the vacancy and asking him for his recommendation. Then, Mr. Molloy writes back and says he is not in a position to make any recommendation. Following that, there are three more letters addressed to Mr. Molloy still telling him about this vacancy and eventually telling him what has happened in the matter.

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Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

Three more letters after Mr. Molloy had indicated in a rather tactful manner his disinterest in this question. I am not going to read all of these letters. I have indicated by giving the page numbers that there are four instances exactly the same, where two letters are written to Mr. Molloy telling him of a vacancy and inviting him to make recommendations. He writes back and says, I have none to make, but the department goes on writing him three more times after that.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

Mr. Molloy must be a good man.

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CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

Yes, Mr. Molloy is a very fine man. As I pointed out a while ago, he was the Liberal candidate in 1949 and joined a long succession of Liberal candidates who have stood in Winnipeg North Centre, but that is as far as they got.

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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

They still have hopes.

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June 24, 1954