March 18, 1903

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

It is a little stronger.

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Adam Carr Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL.

What percentage of wood alcohol is added to the ethyl alcohol ?

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

Twenty-five per cent.

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Adam Carr Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL.

Is that alcohol proof strength?

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

Sixty-five over proof.

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Adam Carr Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL.

Then it is sold at a dollar ten?

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

A dollar ten for grade No. 1, and $1.40 for grade No. 2.

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Edward Guss Porter

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PORTER.

The evil effects of the course which has been pursued in the department in dealing with this matter are very apparent from the discussion which has taken place. Wood alcohol, it has been stated-in fact it has been admitted by the Minister of Inland Revenue-was manufactured in Canada before the Standard Chemical Company obtained a contract from this government. It was manufactured, to my own personal knowledge in Deseronto, by the Rathbun Company. As Canadians with their money invested in an enterprise, they had a perfect right to be allowed at least opportunity of free competition with any who might come against them. But we find that this has not been allowed. The contract was made with the Standard Chemical Company, and the Rathbun Company were not given an opportunity of applying.

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

I beg the hon. gentleman's (Mr. Porter's) pardon. I stated only a moment ago that the contract was given to the Standard Chemical Company and the Rathbun Company, and that they amalgamated.

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Edward Guss Porter

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PORTER.

What I say is that the contract was let without tenders being called for, and it was given to the Standard Chemical Company. Of course I accept what the hon. minister says. But notwithstanding that, the facts are that, after this contract was given by the government, the Rathbun Company leased their works and concern to the Standard Chemical Company. And why ? Because they were driven out of business by the action of the government in dealing in this matter. And the unfairness of the action of the government will become more apparent when I point out the fact that the lease which was taken from the Rathbun Company after the contract was given by this government does not expire until after the contract now ex-

isting between the Standard Chemical Company and this government expires. What position is the Rathbun Company in to-day to enter into competition with the Standard Company ? The Rathbun Company are Canadians who have established themselves In this country. And are the Standard Company Canadians ? They are importations from the United States to a large extent. This is not fair treatment, nor is it good principle for the government to go upon to give these contracts without open competition by advertising for tenders.

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL.

I think the hon. gentleman (Mr. Porter) is in error in saying that the personel are from the United States.

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Edward Guss Porter

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PORTER.

I did not say entirely- they are largely from the United States.

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL.

I do not know the whole personel of the company. The only two I know are Mr. Peuchen and

Mr. Thompson, of Longford.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

The hon. gentleman is forgetting Mr. Tudhope.

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The POSTMASTER GENERAL.

I do not know whether Mr. Tudhope is in it or not. But, even so, he is a good Canadian now. He has cast in his lot with us and has been here for years, and he rendered excellent service in North Ontario.

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Peter Macdonald (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The DEPUTY SPEAKER.

It being six o'clock

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The PRIME MINISTER.

It was understood with the hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax) that we would not sit to-night. Perhaps it would be well to let this item pass and adjourn.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Adjourn.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

If hon. gentlemen opposite wish to sit to-night I have no objection.

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George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

Carry out the agreement with the leader of the opposition, and let the House adjourn.

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March 18, 1903