enough to read a letter or telegram from Mr. Campbell in which it is said they arranged for the contract to be transferred from Mr. Campbell to Mr. Maynard. He also told us about Mr. Maynard sending in his cheque on
Supply-Harbours and Rivers-P.El.
August 15. What did the department do in regard to correspondence after they received that cheque if they did not agree _ to the proposition? I should like the minister to read the answer of Mr. Maynard or of Mr. Campbell when he sent in that cheque.
It may be interesting to the committee, Mr. Chairman, to know that down in Prince county, and especially in Summerside, the hon. member for Prince (Mr. MacLean) and Mr. Campbell and possibly Mr. Maynard and company, had been used to running things pretty much their own way. After the 28th of July, when they saw they could not run things just in their own way any longer, and when Mr. Campbell saw that he had a tender that might squeeze him a little financially, and there might not be the same possibilities that there were before of getting a few little extras tucked in, the hon. member for Prince thought it very wise to have Mr. Campbell withdraw his tender. That is the whole story, and the reason why the contract was not proceeded with in September is well known to any man who lives in Prince Edward Island and especially to any man living in Summerside. The reason was that you could not interrupt the shipping and take the space on the railway wharf at Summerside when the shipments of potatotes for Cuba were being prepared; they wanted the space to load the ships. Mr. Downing is just as good a contractor in Summerside as
Mr. Campbell ever was; he is just as good a contractor as Mr. Maynard ever was, and the work will be done honestly and just as well without the supervision of the hon. member for Prince county.