March 16, 1910

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

In the Toronto ' Globe ', the Montreal ' Herald ', and even in the St. John ' Sun '. The minister says that the Maritime Dredging Company had a dredge coming down from the St. Lawrence, and that this work was urgent. I understand there was practically no Maritime Dredging Company before that.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

They may have had a dredge a few weeks before. But the Maritime Dredging Company was made up hurriedly, consisting of a Mr. Moore, the gentleman who, I suppose in conjunction with the Minister of Public Works, owns the St. John ' Telegraph '.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

I am only stating what I read in the Toronto ' Globe ' and the Monreal ' Herald '.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I am sorry to say that I do not own the St. John ' Telegraph ', I wish I did.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

Now, this Mr. Moore forms a company called the Maritime Dredging Company. He purchased this dredge at Montreal in July, knowing that the very minute he purchased the dredge, all he had to do was to get it to Gaspereau. He had in his possession the instructions to take it there, and practically to do the work at his own price. The minister told the department that they were to give this contract to Mr. Moore, and of course they did. That means the Maritime Dredging Company. We would not have known what the Maritime Dredging Company was had we not learned from the Toronto 'Globe' and the Montreal 'Herald' that it and Mr. Moore are one and the same. The minister knows that before the tenders were advertised for the contract was let to Mr. Moore at the price that the lowest tender would be. Work was being done long before the tenders were received.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

The dredge went down there about the 1st of August, and of course it got to work. That makes me a little suspicious of these dredging matters. The minister had an engineer who, as faT as 1 understand previous to this, was considered to be a pretty respectable man and his reputation was pretty fair. This man told the minister that 20 cents a yard was a good, fair price for the work. I take it for granted that he understood his business when he said that 20 cents a yard was a fair and reasonable price, but when the tender of Mr. Moore came in at 90 cents a yard the same engineer changed his mind in a day or a night. He went to bed one night with a contract at 20 cents a yard, and next morning he got up and said that he thought it was worth 90 cents, and got this price of 90 cents. There is a sample of the changes in dredging prices. I do not hesitate to say that at 20 cents a yard Mr. Moore made money and that the other 70 cents a yard went into the St. John 'Telegraph', that the people of the country paid 70 cents a yard in order to give the Liberal party a paper in St. John. That is what happened in that case, but that is not the only case. The work was given to Mr. Moore at Gaspereau because it was urgent. The minister knows that after the work has been done the harbour is in no better shape than it was before because this is only a part of the work.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Because they thought they could not afford to go on at that price, and we put the government dredge to work there the next year. .

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Mr. J. D.@

REID At 90 cents a yard?

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr J. D. REID.

I suppose they wanted riiore money to buy the St. John ' Sun '?

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March 16, 1910