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.
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.