June 3, 1929

LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

Yes, I do adhere to that

as being a correct answer.

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

In that case I would

refer the minister to the correspondence from Mr. T. J. Locke, district engineer for the province of Nova Scotia, who wrote Mr. John A. McLean that on the recommendation of Mr. A. McColl he was appointed foreman in charge of repairs to channel piers, Bailey's brook. That letter was written on May 29, 1928. Then on July 4 Mr. Bennett, assistant engineer, wrote Mr. Locke as follows:

Saw Maclsaac at noon to-day but bad to leave immediately to catch Mr. McColl at Malignant Cove.

He also stated that Mr. McColl had advised him that he was going to wire the Minister that day that if he did not accept the engineer's report that the work be done by day labour, an engineer should be sent from Ottawa so that he might be assured as to the wisdom of the advice tendered. Then on July 13 I find that the same engineer, Mr. Bennett, reported that the work done at Bailey's Brook was the worst he had ever seen. The man who did that work was appointed on the nomination of Mr. McColi. and this foreman was ordered to discontinue the work; in other words he was dismissed. Then on Jply 26 I find that Isaac Arbuckle was notified that upon the recommendation of Mr. McColl he had been appointed foreman in charge of repair work to the Canadian National wharves at Pictou. Again on

Business oj the House

September 8 I find1 that the district engineer writes Mr. McLean that no further work is to be done by him on the Bailey's Brook wharf, and as a matter of fact work was suspended for two months or more, at the dictation of Mr. McColl, during the best part of the'season and resumed only late in the season, again upon the recommendation of Mr. McColl. Then another gentleman was appointed, and so on; I could go through page after page of this same sort of thing, but in spite of what is disclosed by this correspondence the minister tells me that the information given in reply to my question was correct. I say it was not correct, and it is for him to explain, in view of this correspondence, why he says that information was accurate.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

I shall be very glad to

answer my hon. friend, to his entire satisfaction, I hope. I would say that there was considerable correspondence with my hon. friend himself. In looking over the correspondence I find that he has been fairly active in the county of Pictou. This was particularly true during the summer of 1926, when the party to which he belongs for a short time controlled matters in that and other ridings throughout the country. I would direct my hon. friend's attention to the fact that when work is to be done in any particular county or constituency, naturally some local man is consulted with regard to the local situation. If a foreman is required, the engineer of this or of any other department could not be expected blindly to engage the man wdtfaout having him recommended by someone. That has not been the practice for a number of years in that riding or in any other riding. There is a great deal of difference between consulting a man as to whom he would recommend, and accepting that recomendation or continuing the man in service when he has proved to be unsatisfactory.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Or if his politics were bad.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

When you are looking for a foreman, that question is not nearly so important as are his [DOT]qualifications for that particular job.

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

They were more important in the case of McLean; that has been abundantly proven.

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LIB

John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

When he was reported

upon as not being satisfactory he was promptly dismissed.

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CON

Thomas Cantley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CANTLEY:

Then the department took the recommendation of the same man with regard to another appointment, and that did 78594-2024

not turn out well either. McColl has been recognized again and again, and is still so recognized. The statement of the minister is not a fair one, nor is it a true one.

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The hon. member is

getting aggressive.

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Item agreed to. Progress reported.


SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES FOR 1929-30


A message from His Excellency the Governor General, transmitting supplementary estimates for the year ending March 31, 1930, was presented by Hon. J. A. Robb (Minister of Finance), read by Mr. Speaker to the house, and referred to the committee of supply. On motion of Mr. Lapointe, the house adjourned at 10.59 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 1929


June 3, 1929