the data with me here, because it was dealt with very fully in the estimates of last year; I remember giving an explanation at that time. This is simply interest on the money not paid because last year's estimates were not voted. I have here the engineer's report; shall I read it all to my hon. friends?
covering about three pages. The claim of the contractors was $46,820 and the amount of payment provided for in last year's estimates was $12,629.72. Each item of the claim is reviewed, according to the information I have, and either allowed or disallowed, or reduced, as the case may be. Perhaps my hon. friend would save the time of the committee by coming round to the office, and I should be glad to let him see all the documents connected with it.
question I will have to read a memorandum I have here, which is as follows:
The discrepancy between the original estimate of cost and the final amount paid is explained as follows: When the survey was made on which the original estimate was based, every effort was made to secure accurate information concerning the rock surface, and from points on the work where solid rock could be definitely located and also from the depth of old crib-work where it could be definitely ascertained, a profile showing the probable rock surface was plotted for the information of intending bidders. After the contract was let, it developed that the probable rock surface, as exhibited, for a length of 250 feet, was a very hard cemented clay intermixed with stones. Consequently the contractors were required to excavate this material to the bottom of the canal for the crib seats, resulting in a large increase in the estimated quantities of excavation, crib-work, stone fulling in cribwork and earth filling behind cribwork.
I rise to a point of order-I sat here all the evening doing my work in. the manner in which it is my duty to do itr and I think such an insinuation is entirely uncalled for. If my hon. friend cannot take his seat in this House and watch for items in which he is interested I think he has no right to accuse me, or accuse any minister of trying to rush them through in his absence. It is his duty to be in his seat if he expects to look after his business.