Bill (No. 53) to amend the Act respecting the Department of Railways and Canals, (Mr. Emmerson) read the second time and the House went into committee.
On section 1,
1. Section 11 of the Act respecting the Department of Railways and Canals, being chapter 37 of the Revised Stautes, is repealed and the following is substituted therefor :-
11. The minister shall invite tenders, by public advertisement, for the execution of all works, except in cases of pressing emergency in which delay would be injurious to the public interest, or in cases in which, from the nature of the work, it can be more expeditiously and economically executed by the officers and servants of the department, or in cases where the estimated cost' of the work is less than $5,000, and it appears to the minister, in view of the nature of the work, that it is not advisable to invite tenders.
2. Whenever, in the case of any work, tenders are required to be, or are, invited, the minister shall submit all tenders received therefor to the Governor in Council, and the contract for the work shall be awarded under the direction of the Governor in Council.