At McDonald's Prices. At Mullarkey's Prices.
Solid rock.. 3,674,735 c. yds. at SI.50, $5,512,102.50 Loose rock. .1,736,564 n 0.50 868,282.00 Com. exc. .2,383,166 „ 0.21 593,525.00 Solid rock.. .3,674,735 c. yds. at $1.45, $5,328,365.75 Loose rock . .1,735,564 n 0.45 781,453.80 Com. exc.. .2,382,166 „ 0.25 596,529.00
Difference in favour of Mullarkey $ 185,061.31Add apparent balance against him of 177,949.78A turnover of $ 3G3,011.09Deduct difference in tenders
252,946.68Net amount in favour of Mullarkey $ 110,064.41
Now I have dealt with the two sections of the road that have been most frequently referred to. We have been told bv hon. gentlemen opposite and far more by the Grit press of the country that the country is perfectly safe because the Grand Trunk Pacific railway will look after this. Why, the Grand Trunk Pacific are con-Mr. LENNOX.
tractors in this matter. When we formed the scheme of building this road-and it was a scheme-the Grand Trunk Pacific said the most they could undertake to do was to build the prairie section, but they did not stick to that. They wanted to make something beyond that. When the country undertook to build the difficult div-
ision, the division that it is said will never pay, then the Grand Trunk Pacific railway company became contractors themselves for the building of portions of this line, and have you heard of any complaint being made by Mr. Woods of over classification upon the portions of the road that these gentlemen are themselves building? I do not think so, and I venture to say, Mr. Speaker, that you will not hear of any such complaints. But, Mr. Speaker, after an investigation of this matter I declare that the same kind of over-classification and the same growth of solid rock obtains down in New Brunswick, and between New Brunswick and Quebec, where these gentlemen are contractors. The same system prevails, and in some instances in almost the same degree under those contracts that obtains in those divisions to which reference is now made. We are told that we can rely for safety upon the action of the Grand Trunk Pacific; this company with its numerous aliases which becomes increasingly dangerous by reason of these aliases. We have the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company in this transaction, and as the Minister of Finance told us, we have the old Grand Trunk at the back of it, and we have the Grand Trunk Pacific Branch Lines Company, and we have the Grand Trunk Pacific Construction Company, and we have the Grand Trunk Pacific Town Site and Development Company, and the Grand Trunk Pacific Telegraph Company, and the Grand Trunk Pacific Express Company, and perhaps the Grand Trunk Pacific Steamship Company. And behind them all, and if there were a thousand more of them, I am not prepared to rest the interests of the people of Canada. And why? Perhaps ks far as Mr. Woods is concerned it was all right and I have not referred to the letters of Mr. Woods, nor have I read extracts from the letters of Mr. Lumsden, because hon. gentlemen on this side of the House will deal with these questions; but I call the attention of the Prime Minister to this fact: that a strong fight was put up by the Grand Trunk Pacific; they were fighting for a broad general inquiry and they were hampered and opposed, and by whom? Why, Sir, by the man who should represent the people of Canada, by the chairman of the commission. What should have been his duty? Why should he not have said: We will have this investigation, broad, and generous, and free, and in the interests of the people of Canada. I do not care whether Mr. Woods objected or not, I want to ensure in the interest of the people whom I represent that there shall be no dishonest classification. But no, he fought like a tiger; he fought, I should say, almost like a fiend to prevent the extension of this inquiry, and to confine it within the narrowest possible limits. And the fight went on, 751
and we have the experts resign, and we have the chairman of the commission upon the mere ipse dixit of some local engineers, without one word of investigation, one word of inquiry, without asking for any explanation condemn these three experts. What have we further? We have the master hand; we have one of the great and able men who form the right hon. gentleman's cabinet, we have the master mind of the Minister of Public Works entering the arena. And it was then, and not till then, that the whole situation resolved itself into one of perfect amity and dove like greetings all round. The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Company, and the old Grand Trunk Company, and the Grand Trunk Pacific Construction Company and the various other companies that represent this one original body, collapsed, and after fighting for a broad investigation, we have in the last pages of the return brought down we have it provided and agreed that the investigation is to be confined to the narrowest limits. Was the chairman of the Grand Trunk Pacific Commission acting in the interests of the public whose interest he had a right to protect, or was he acting in the interest of the contractors when he insisted that the investigation should be so narrowed. Do you think, Mr. Speaker, having regard to the figures I have quoted to you (and you have a mind for figures), do you think we should have this investigation upon the narrow limits the Prime Minister suggests? Let me refer for a moment to the condition of things from Moncton to Quebec, where no complaints have been made, and particularly in New Brunswick, for the purpose of showing you, Mr. Speaker, that the same infamous-I think I am right in using that word-the same dishonest, and the same unfortunate classification that prevails in sections B and F, prevails on this section of the road as well. In other words, from end to end of this line we have this amazing state of things, that the high priced class of materials grow and swell, and the low priced class of materials dwindle and shrink. And the net result is that on this road, in the province of Quebec where, the right hon. gentleman in introducing this measure, described the roses as blooming in the fertile fields, and along the fertile belt in the province of Ontario, everywhere rocks are found where no rocks were expected, and the price of material is doubled and more than doubled, throughout the whole length of the line. I realize, Mr. Speaker, that when it comes to dealing with figures I am not an expert, and that I do not handle them aptly, and my excuse for quoting figures now is that the people should know, and so far as it is in my power, they shall know, what it taking place in regard to the construction of