I am not sure. I may state that the tender of almost all the tenderers had a price for the second coat, but Leduc & Company were the lowest of the reliable firms, those who complied with the conditions, even for the second coat.
It was a verbal report made by the harbour commissioners- by the engineer. If there was any complaint made against that firm as to the wages paid I should be very pleased to inquire, but I never heard any complaint about that.
mistaken as to that. I think there was another firm that tendered-not a firm, an individual who tendered at a lower price than $49,500 but that individual did not comply with the requirements, no deposit was made as security, and the report of the harbour commissioners was that his financial standing did not warrant their awarding the contract to him, and especially for another reason; as I told this committee, the work was really very dangerous and the tender was a great deal lower than the estimate. If that man had done the work at the price of his tender he would have lost about $15,000 to $20,000. His financial standing was not satisfactory and he did not deposit any security. It was stipulated that the tender was to be accompanied by a cheque for at least ten or fifteen per cent of the amount of the tender. The amount of Leduc's tender was $49,500. I know there was another firm that tendered at $49,900 and I think another firm for $55,000 or $58,000 and a couple of other firms had higher tenders. I say that subject to correction.
lowest tenderer did not send a cheque, as is the rule, after he learned that he had no chance whatever to compete with Leduc & Company? The reason he did not send a cheque to the harbour commission was that ne was notified that it was impossible for him to secure a contract when the Leduc company had made a bid.