Winfield Chester Scott MCLURE

MCLURE, Winfield Chester Scott

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
Birth Date
March 16, 1875
Deceased Date
June 18, 1955
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_McLure
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=c638ba68-559c-40ce-ac85-82aa844a881c&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
broker, teacher, trader

Parliamentary Career

July 28, 1930 - August 14, 1935
CON
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)
June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
PC
  Queen's (Prince Edward Island)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 303)


May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

Mr. Chairman, I am not going to take up some other items I would like to mention, because I do not want anyone to think I am trying to hold up these estimates. I do say again that I was rather disappointed in the committee of the house that was set up to study the problems of the rural mail couriers. There are no two ways about it, that committee were either in a hurry or they missed out on what was to be considered. Most of the problems considered were all right and I have no objection to them, but I do think a few of the rural mail couriers themselves from different localities should have been brought in. Then the committee and the Postmaster General would soon have found out what they desired and what they really wanted.

I have often said on the floor of the house here when these estimates were up that discrimination as between contracts-and I

am speaking particularly of my own constituency-is something that one can hardly realize until he figures it out. You will find, as I said before, one man driving 20 miles and receiving a certain amount. There will be another man driving 40 miles who will receive $500 less than the man driving 20 miles. I have made calculations for every mail route in my constituency, and I have placed most of those figures on the record. I am not going to repeat that at this late date.

I want to close by saying this to the Postmaster General. I hope he will make a visit to our province in the near future-I am not making any prognostications about the election-to see what is going on there in the Post Office Department. I should like him to look over our post office and our staff, and I know he will find certain things which, in his wisdom, he will correct. Then I would not have to come here and talk in this manner on the floor of the house.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

His commission under his contract was only $2 on every $100 worth sold. However, the post office refuses to give him that now. It is not much wonder that they have big revenues and big surpluses if they conduct all their business in that way; but since there is no surplus now I do not know what to say about it.

I do want to say to you, Mr. Chairman, and through you to the new Postmaster General, that this man after giving 79 years' service, taking the 8-hour day as you must today, ought to have some small pension. Then let him retire. Other people are getting

enormous pensions, and I do not blame them for getting all they can; but a thing like this looks so small for our postal department here in Ottawa, taking from this man over half of his legitimate commission. It would amount to $780, I understand, or probably a little more according to the number of stamps sold. They have no right, Mr. Chairman- and I want the minister to hear this-to defraud that man of the commission that is due him.

I have spoken on this before, but I am going to keep it up for a while yet.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

But they cannot get anybody to do the job at three times what they are paying him, and he is still there. They cannot get rid of him as long as he is fulfilling his end of the contract. He goes to work at eight o'clock in the morning, he has no meal hours, no time off, no rest period and he works until eight o'clock at night. A short time ago the department, out of sympathy or something, granted him the privilege of taking half an hour off, and he can go home at half past seven. That was a wonderful thing, Mr. Chairman.

That is not the sad part of it. He was making a fairly good living under his contract, but he is just getting by now. What did the department do? They put in metering machines. That is all right. It is a great thing for the merchants and others who are putting out a lot of mail. But what did the department do? They refused to give this man his commission on the stamps the metering machine was using.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

There is one thing I wish to mention. I should have done so a moment ago, but I guess I missed it. What I wanted to say was this. It may be all right under fish culture here but it is something that has to do with markets. I refer to the changing of the name in the marketing of canned mackerel. The name "mackerel" has been hard to get on the market as a canned food. But when it has been marketed under a new name, that of tuna chicken, it had wonderful success. The matter was brought before the federation this last year, and I am sure it will come before the Department of Fisheries. For instance, they are going to ask permission to use the name "tuna chicken" on their cans. Without getting anybody into any trouble-because they are out of it now-may I say that a couple of fishermen made a great success-in a small way, of course-of selling canned mackerel but they did not sell it under the name "mackerel". They sold it under the name "tuna chicken". Of course, tuna and mackerel belong to the same family. When this question comes before the Department of Fisheries I hope those who are making the regulations will permit people to can mackerel and put it under the name of "tuna chicken". If they do there will be a tremendous market created, because canned tuna has no comparison with canned mackerel. They could not get the word "mackerel" to take successfully as a canned fish. By changing it to "tuna chicken" the market will take a great deal of the mackerel off our coast in the form of canned fish. I know that the demand on the market for it a few years ago before the authorities caught up with the men who were running the factory was good. They had a great success in marketing it.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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May 13, 1953

Mr. McLure:

Following item 135 there is

a note "appropriation not required for 1953-54." I understand that results from some change made in the department with regard to fur seals. I should like to know why there is not going to be any vote.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF FISHERIES
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