No, it is included in the contract; but the contractors made a greater claim. In the final estimate they put in claims, as a rule, for more work, and there is always a dispute as to the quantity. A dispute arose in connection with this contract, and it was finally adjusted by the chief engineer, and under his certificate $1,017 was agreed upon.
Welland canal-to pay Stephen Vanderburg for time lost, Injured while on duty, two-thirds time, 196 days at $1.75 per day, $228.86.
I believe it has been the custom for years to give indemnities in similar cases. The matter was submitted to me, and, in view of the course that had been followed, I decided to ask for a vote of parliament for the amount. I am not acquainted with the details, I could not say just what kind of work he was doing, or as to whose fault it was.
I am not finding fault with this, but I just wish to know the policy of the government, if, when a man is injured while at his work, they pay an indemnity without bothering to inquire, like an uncharitable corporation would, as to whether it was his fault or the fault of somebody else.
We do not pay. We inquire and then submit the matter to parliament. This has not been paid. It cannot be paid until parliament votes the amount. Of course, as I understand it, the custom has been to look into each individual case and if a man is injured on duty an allowance of a certain percentage is granted unless' it is the fault of the la-, bourer or workman. In that case it is not considered. i