I wish to give the following answer to a question asked the other day by the hon. member for Montcalm (Mr. Lafortune):
Re discussion in Parliament in regard to establishing of rural routes at St. Esprit (daily, 151 miles) and St. Alexis de Montcalm (daily, 121 miles).
Tenders were invited for these services, which were due at the department on 6th March last. The tenders received were considered excessive. The lowest price for the St Esprit route was $600, or $39.34 per mile. For the St. Alexis de Montcalm service the lowest tender was $450, or $36.73 per mile. As a result of negotiations, these prices were reduced as follows: for the St. Esprit service, $480, or $31.47 per mile, and for the St. Alexis service, $375, or $30.61 per mile. These reduced offers were not received at the department until the
8th instant. They have been accepted and the inspector has been instructed to proceed with the contract arrangements.