May 26, 1905

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
Subtopic:   TENDERS FOR PUBLIC DOCK AT COLLINGWOOD.
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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

If it is the one I am informed it is, there may be a reason why he should be dropped.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I have no knowledge of any firm of Conroy Bros, in the matter. There" is an individual named Conroy, I know nothing of any firm.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Where does he live ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

In Peterboro.

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

May I ask the minister if that S1.000 cheque has been returned to Mr. Conroy ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

No.

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Then may I ask the further question,-has the contract been awarded to the Battle estate ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

No.

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Well, Mr. Speaker, I will have to wait and see wrhat the minister has to say in regard to the whole transaction, but it does seem extraordinary that Conroy Bros., having tendered as they did and being the lowest tenderers as they were, have not received the contract.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

My hon. friend is mistaken. They were awarded the contract, but the contract was not executed-the individual, not the firm. The contract was awarded to Mr. Conroy, but it has not been executed.

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

This paper is one that supports hon. gentlemen opjiosite, and 1 think that the facts stated in this article must have been communicated from some official source. The Mr. McCarthy referred to here is the member for the riding, and Mr. McCarthy has sent word to the people in the town of Collingwood who have the matter in charge, that this firm of Conroy Bros, as they are termed, are apparently to be released ifrom their contract, and that on the other hand the contract is to go to the Battle estate. If, however, the minister will say to-day that the department propose to hold Mr. Conroy to his contract, and that they will not surrender to him his cheque or make a forfeiture of it, and that they do not propose to give the contract to Battle Bros, at an increased figure, that will be the end of the matter, and no one will have cause for complaint. But if, on the other hand, the department should hand over this contract to Battle Bros, at this increase, as stated in the paper, I shall have something to say about it. I want to call the minister's attention to the fact that these circumstances are communicated apparently from the department itself. I can understand that under certain circumstances a cheque may be returned. For instance, if the contractor made a mistake in his calculation, or rather in his additions, in such a case an Order in Council might be passed returning the cheque to him. I 209J

will wait now with some interest to hear the minister's statement of what is to be the action of the department in reference to this contract.

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I do not propose to make any statement as to what will be the action of the department in any matter until the moment for that action shall arise. I understood my hon. friend to ask as to whether this contract had been awarded, and I answered that it had been awarded to Mr. Conroy. The contract has not been executed, because Mr. Conroy has failed to execute it. There the matter ends. That is the whole of it, nothing scandalous. The only thing scandalous I see in the matter is the two great proneness of the hon. member for Simcoe (Mr. Bennett) to suspect that things are wrong when there is nothing at all wrong in them. There is the transaction. Tenders were invited, and the contract was awarded.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

What was the date of the award ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

There were two sets of tenders. The first tenders were invited in October last. Two were received. The lowest was considered in excess of the engineer's estimate, and the minister of the department refused to accept either of these tenders and sent back the cheques telling the parties that the tenders would not be accepted. Then he proceeded to ask for new tenders, and thereupon new tenders were received. The tender of Edward Conroy-the firm is not known in the record as Conroy Bros., though there may be other parties connected with it for aught I know-but a gentleman by the name of Edward Conroy tendered, and his tender was the lowest, and the contract was awarded to him.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

The date, please ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

He was notified on the 7th of April that the contract was awarded to him. Mr. Conroy, as stated, communicated with the officials of the department claiming that he made a mistake, that his tender was too low, and that he could not afford to do the work. As a matter of fact his tender is below the engineer's estimate. He went to the engineer, the late Mr. Gray, who died a day or two ago in Toronto, and discussed the matter _ with him, and the engineer said that if he had made any mistake that it was his own fault, that he had no knowledge of the matter, and could give him no explanation. He tendered on the specification. He claims that his tender was too low, owing to a mistake. The department has taken no further action. No contract has been awarded to anybody and no cheque has I been returned to any body except the che-I ques in the first instance where the parties l were notified that neither tender would be

accepted. Since taking the second tenders and awarding the contract to Mr. Conroy nothing has been done, and the matter stands in that position at this moment. The next lowest tenderer's name has been mentioned by my hon. friend, but the contract has not been awarded to him or to anybody else.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Was Mr. Battle's cheque returned ?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I think nobody's cheque has been returned except the two cheques in the first instance. I have not had Mr. Battle's cheque partieularlybefore me. therefore I would not be positive about that. Mr. Battle's name has not been in the matter so much as Mr. Conroy's. The contract has not been awarded to Mr. Battle. I do not think it is likely the cheque has been returned to him, although that may be possible. I will have to make further inquiries on that point.

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
Subtopic:   TENDERS FOR PUBLIC DOCK AT COLLINGWOOD.
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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

I understand the hon. minister to say that the cheques other than that of Mr. Conroy were returned. Was the Battle cheque returned ?

Topic:   SUPPLY-HALF-BREED SCRIP.
Subtopic:   TENDERS FOR PUBLIC DOCK AT COLLINGWOOD.
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May 26, 1905