May 26, 1905

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Before being too positive I shall have to make further inquiry regarding the Battle eheque. As the contract has not been awarded to him his name has not been in the matter so prominently as that of Mr. Conroy. It was about the case of Mr. Conroy particularly that I made inquiries.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Does the file shew any correspondence between the department and Mr. Battle relative to the return of his cheque?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

The notice of the hon. gentleman, which, by the way, was addressed to Mr. Hyman, who, he must have known, was not in town, and who, in addition, is not even a member of this House at this moment, was only shown to me between twelve and one o'clock and I made a very hurried inquiry. I have not had time to go through the file and therefore cannot answer the hon. gentleman's question on that point.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

The envelope was addressed to the Deputy Minister of Public Works, because I did not know that the hon. Minister of Finance was acting for the Minister of Public Works. It was addressed to Mr. Gobeil, for Mr. Hyman, Minister of Public Works. I do not know how I addressed it inside. However, that is immaterial. What we want is the information. There are certain things that are not shown by the documents at all and which are evidently known to my informant, and the certain things known to my informant are that Mr. Conroy and Mr. Battle are not unknown to each other by any means, that they would probably be quite (Mr. FIELDING.

able to recognize each other if they met on the street, that Mr. Conroy had a low tender in, that Mr. Battle had a higher tender in, and that if there was no intervening tender and it could be arranged for Mr. Conroy to drop out and for Mr. Battle to drop in it would be a very nice arrangement for these two gentlemen. As these two gentlemen are very strong political allies of hon. gentlemen opposite it was thought that such an arrangement might be worked out. These tenders were called for on the 7th April. The people of Colling-wood are insisting upon this dock being built, yet,, although the hon. Minister of Public Works has had their cheques for two months and has had the contract ready for two months-it will be two months on the 7th of next month-the contract has not yet been signed. It is not alleged on the part of these people that they made any mistake in their additions or anything of that kind at all, but they went to Major Gray, who was the engineer of the department and who is now deceased, and alleged that their tender was too low. Has it come to this that anybody can get out of his tender by going to the engineer of the department and saying: I will not make any

money out of it ? Although two months have elapsed the department has not yet called for new tenders. Does the hon. minister think that is reasonable?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

That did not happen to be the question.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

It is a very serious question. The people want the dock. You have called for tenders and nearly two months have now elapsed.

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CON

Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BEBGEBON.

They called for tenders last October.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

No, the second tenders were called for last April. Here is another item in this same paper relative to this same dock which did yeoman service in the last election:

Mr. McCarthy's success in securing another grant for the improvement of the harbour cannot but be gratifying to.the people of Colling-wood. Without any fuss or feathers he has been steadily and persistently presenting our claims and always with good results. This time the grant is an even fifty thousand dollars, a sufficient sum to provide the new wharf and to continue the dredging which has been going on almost continuously for six or seven years. The people of Collingwood stood by McCarthy wThen the opportunity offered, and he is now returning the compliment.

That is more than the hon. member (Mr. McCarthy) has done for the government. He had a chance to return the compliment the other day but he did not vote for them.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

He had quite enough substitutes on the other side to make it good.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

That may be. but if the hon. gentleman acted on principle

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I thought hon. gentlemen on the other side of the House acted on principle.

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

The hon. gentleman acted from the motive of profit, and if it does not profit him he apparently does not support the government. This matter is not new in the department at all. It was pending before the elections last fall and two tenders were put in.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Does my hon. friend think one of these tenders should have been accepted?

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

I know nothing about that.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Then why say so?

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

I do not know why it was not. I have not the figures before me, but it was expected, according to my information, that the dock was to be gone on with long ago, and that was the reason that tenders were called for. Tenders were received nearly two months ago and the department had these tenders in their hands until this Mr. Conroy came and asked to be relieved. I am going to tell the hon. minister something now that perhaps he will admit engenders a little suspicion. I had Bradstreet's hunted up to-day. It was intimated that Mr. Conroy might be a Peterborough man. This contractor who has had a $30,000 work offered to him does not figure in Bradstreet's as having any financial rating at all. That is an additional reason for returning him his cheque for $4,000.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Is the hon. gentleman referring to Mr. Conroy?

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Yes, he has no financial rating in Bradstreet's.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

Why does my hon. friend repeatedly talk of returning his cheque. I have told him that Mr. Conroy's cheque has not been returned. Why repeat again and again about returning his cheque?

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CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

I am simply saying that Mr. Conroy is praying for the return of his cheque.

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May 26, 1905