The Post Office Act – 1898

Source: House Commons, Official report of the Debates, 3rd Session, 8th Parliament, Vol. XLVI, 1898, 2913-2914
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House of Commons
Of the
Dominion of Canada
Third Session – Eighth Parliament
61 Victoria, 1898
Comprising the period from the third day of February to the twenty-first day of April inclusive
Printed by S.E. Dawson, Printer to the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty
Columns 2913-2914
House of Commons
Friday 1st April 1898
The SPEAKER took the Chair at Three o’clock
The POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. Mulock) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 110) to amend the Post Office Act.
Sir CHARLES TUPPER. It would be interesting if the hon. Gentleman would explain what the provisions of this Bill are.
The POSTMASTER GENERAL. The first clause of the Bill provides that books for the use of the blind shall be ntitled to free transmission through the mails. That suggestion has been made to me by Mr. C.F. Fraser, of Halifax, who, I understand is connected with an institute for the blind and the subject has also been pressed upon me by Mr. Dymond, who is the superintendent of the Blind Asylum in Brantford. These books are large and bulky and very heavy; the letters being raised so that the unfortunate blind who have lost the priceless treasure of sight may know them by the sense of touch. I have been furnished with a list of these books which are to be found in many libraries now, and I have statement showing the cost of their transmission through the mails. In some cases the postage alone is equal to the cost of the book in ordinary type. For instance, it would cost to transmit the Bible when prepared for the blind nearly $4.80. I am sure every member of this House will approve this suggestion.
Sir CHARLES TUPPER. Hear, hear.