I will do so; I should like to oblige my hon. friend. I think it was in Montreal that Mr. Thomas made the statement; if my hon. friend will allow me, I will give it to him before I get through with my remarks. In that statement Mr. Thomas says also that he is a politician himself, and he rather conveys the impression that he found a great deal of politics in Canada in connection with the Shell Committee. He says also that the prices are rather higher in Canada than in Great Britain or in the United States, and that orders will he given to Canada provided the prices are fair and reasonable.
Let me tell hon. gentlemen another thing that has come to my knowledge. I do this, Sir, because I believe it is in the interests of Canada that these matters should be cleared up. I am not making an attack upon the manufacturers of Canada; their
enterprise, their energy, their skill and ability are worthy of all praise. But they did not fix the price of the shells; the price was fixed by the creature of this Government, the Shell Committee. The manufacturers were not asked to tender; they took the price fixed by that committee. The matter which I am about to mention is a very important one, and should, I think, receive the very serious attention of this Government. As the Prime Minister said to-day, fuses are required in large quantities, and orders for fuses were given by the Shell Committee. I am told-these things get abroad; they are talked of in Toronto; they are talked of in Ottawa.-that something like $24,000,000 worth of orders were given by this Shell Committee in the United States. I have not the shadow of a doubt that this statement is correct; it will be found in a statement in Toronto Saturday Night. Included, I presume, in that $24,000,000 was an order for about 4,000,000 fuses. While that order was under consideration, so I am told, by the Shell Committee, a gentleman of large manufacturing experience, representing a thoroughly equipped company in Canada, went to the Shell Committee and said that he was prepared, by himself and his associate company, to make a bona fide offer to supply these fuses in Canada at about $4 each. While, as he supposed, this offer was being considered, the Shell Committee, through, I am told, Mr. J. Wesley Allison-I beg his pardon, Lieut.-Colonel J. Wesley Allison- placed an order in the United States for 4,000,000 fuses at prices of $4 and $4.50 per fuse-almost 4,000,000 fuses at the very high price of $4.50.
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