April 25, 1929

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Alexander Dew Chaplin

Mr. OHAPLIN:

I am glad to know the

minister feels that his buyer is so well acquainted wiith the value of all the houses in the Dominion that he has determined in his own mind that the market at London for certain things is much better than in Montreal, Toronto or some other large city. If something is required in the Department of National Defence, does the purchase go through the Public Works department or through some other agency, or is there a special buyer in the Department of National Defence?

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

My hon. friend will understand that the Department of National Defence would itself buy military clothing and other equipment.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Sam Brown belts.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Ross rifles.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

But if the Department

of National Defence requires something that comes reasonably within the scope of the Department of Public Works they issue a requisition to us and we purchase accordingly.

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN:

We were supposed to

have a purchasing department that was a real purchasing department and acting for all the

Supply-Public Works-Alberta

various departments. How many of these departments have their own purchasing agents?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

There is no purchasing

department.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

We had it for years.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I never knew of the

time historically that the Department of Railways and Canals, for instance, did not have its own purchasing department. I think every department always has had a purchasing agency.

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

If my hon. friend can

tell me any period of years when the Department of Railways and Canals did not have dts own purchasing agent I shall be glad of the information.

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William Irvine

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. IRVINE:

If the post office has its

own purchasing department, why does it apply to the Department of Public Works when it requires anything?

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I will explain the matter as I understand it. While the Department of Railways and Canals has a purchasing agent, if the department requires anything in the way of office furniture or equipment of that character it applies to the Department of Public Works where such purchasing has been centralized for years. But when it comes to buying cement for the work on the Welland canal, or timber for repairing lock gates, and all that sort of thing over the canal system, with all due deference to my hon. friend from Lincoln, the purchasing has always been handled by the Department of Railways and Canals. I think there must be some misunderstanding between us, because I do not recollect the time when there were not several departments which had their own purchasing agencies, while at the same time, according to my understanding, the purchase of office equipment and buildings has been centralized for a number of years past in the Department of Public Works. I know if any office furniture, such as filing cabinets, pick-up tables in post offices and similar equipment, is necessary it is requisitioned from the Department of Public Works. But so far as buying machinery for the Department of Railways and Canals is concerned-

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John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mt. ELLIOTT:

Cars, for instance.

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Private cars: they dcn'i buy any others.

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN:

Where do they purchase

cars?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I did not mention cars.

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I did not hear him.

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April 25, 1929