April 25, 1929

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I am familiar with the

purchases of the various departments, but the hon. gentleman from East Calgary is not.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

How do you know; you cannot speak for him.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

No, I cannot speak for

him, but he asked because he said he desired to know. I know because for the space of a few minutes I had something to do with various departments of the public service; and what is more, during one period of my career as a member of parliament I made myself fairly familiar with the operations of the departments. I was much younger and more active then. During the war we had a purchasing commission, presided over by Sir Edward Kemp.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

But it did not perform the functions of the purchasing agents of the various departments.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

It became the central

purchasing agency for all departments of the government.

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LIB

Eugène Fiset

Liberal

Sir EUGENE FISET:

For all items chargeable to war appropriation.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The hon. member for

Rimouski is very familiar with that part of it, and his subsequent speeches when he was a candidate for election indicated that.

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LIB

Eugène Fiset

Liberal

Sir EUGEJSE FISET:

I have no regrets

for any speeches I made when I was a candidate and have nothing to retract.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I am glad his memory is so bad.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I am sure it must be very delightful to the hon. gentleman to have forgotten his speeches. But the commission presided over by Sir Edward Kemp dealt not only with war purchases but with all purchases incidental to the conduct of government, because there were then no public works being undertaken in Canada, during the war, except two public buildings.

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LIB

Eugène Fiset

Liberal

Sir EUGENE FISET:

That is exactly

what I said-in charge of every purchase for all departments of everything chargeable to war appropriation.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

But they were not

chargeable to war appropriation, because there were no civil undertakings going on except two public works in the whole of Canada.

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Eugène Fiset

Liberal

Sir EUGENE FISET:

I am sorry to interrupt my hon. friend, but there was a civil vote for every department.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Of course there was a

civil vote. But I am talking about expenditures in connection with public works; and there were only two undertakings in connection with buildings in the whole of Canada from 1915 until 1919.

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

In connection with the department over which I now preside the work at Nelson was going on during a considerable part of the war.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I was talking about buildings.

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Purchases is the point at issue.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

They were not making

any purchases at Nelson at that time.

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Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

Material purchases, yes.

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April 25, 1929