February 4, 1909

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John Allister Currie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. A. CURRIE.

Is there a library also provided in the residence?

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George Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEO. TAYLOR.

Will there be a man employed in that building as caretaker?

_ Mr. PUGSLEY. I don't propose to furnish a caretaker.

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Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

Are the two firms from which the hon. gentleman asked tenders on the patronage list?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

There are only two firms in Canada where these goods can be got. One is in Ottawa, and the other is in a city in western Ontario. Before purchasing, a very careful examination was made of the fittings made in the United States, and used generally in the public offices in Washington and the different state capitals, and the chief architect ascertained that the prices asked us were fair and reasonable.

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Samuel Simpson Sharpe

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. S. SHARPE.

In view of the strong condemnation of the patronage list by the Civil Service Commission, does the hon. gentleman propose to abolish it ?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I have given instructions to abolish it as far as possible, and' invite public tenders. I am now considering the establishing of a purchasing department, as the Minister of Marine and Fisheries has done, in accordance with the report of the Civil Service Commission, but that organization will take a little time and the person in charge of that branch will have to be thoroughly experienced and reliable.

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George Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEORGE TAYLOR.

How comes it that the hon. minister paid $2.50 per barrel for 85 barrels of cement bought from Kirby & Co., when he could buy that cement at Hull for $1.80?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

That was but a small

quantity and no tenders were called for.

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George Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEORGE TAYLOR.

You could purchase it by retail at $1.65. I see the familiar name of Chas. Patton down for four fire extinguishers at $15 a piece, or two more than last year.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Last year the order may have been a large one and $15 is a reasonable price, for they are very good articles.

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John Allister Currie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. A. CURRIE.

Does this item include the furnishings for that house as well as the building?

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Samuel Simpson Sharpe

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. S. SHARPE.

What is the necessity for such a large house? Has the gentleman a large family or does he expect to, or are other gentlemen going to live with him?

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Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

Does the minister propose to furnish the house?

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I have no intention to ask for such a vote. That might properly he done by Dr. King himself.

Mr. BLAIN Does the minister think a residence of this cost is required?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I will be perfectly frank. When the plans and estimate were first presented to me I said I thought the house was too expensive and asked the chief architect to cut it down and this has been done.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

The lowest tender is a little over $12,000 and with the heating, wiring and plumbing it will likely cost somewhere between $15,000 and $16,000.

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February 4, 1909