Employment Offices Coordination Act, Administration, $63,925.
Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): Mr. Chairman, in view of certain statements made yesterday by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) I am obliged to ask the committee to give attention for a few moments to a garage in the yard of Mr. Stansbury, president of the Liberal association of Kingston. Perhaps I can best illustrate the point by quoting from page 3702 of Hansard:
Mr. Rogers: To my knowledge Mr. Stansbury has had no connection whatever with any one of these contracting companies.
That was in regard to a previous reference by the leader of the opposition.
To my knowledge he has not had any part in the awarding of any government contracts from which he has benefited in the slightest degree. But his predecessor-
Mr. Bennett: We shall see about that. What about his garage? What w-as it built with? Where did the stone come from?
Mr. Rogers: He has no garage, to my
I was speaking of a garage in the commercial sense.
Mr. Bennett: Near his house, on his lot?
Mr. Rogers: As to that I do not know.
Mr. Bennett: Well, find out.
Mr. Rogers: Certainly my right hon. friend seems to have made a special purpose of conducting a minute investigation in the constituency of Kingston, if he is now coming down to the question of the garage in the yard of the president of the Liberal association of that constituency.
Mr. Bennett: If he built it with public
property, that is my duty.
Some hon. Members: Did he?
Mr. Bennett: He certainly did.
Mr. Rogers: Let my hon. friend make a
charge, and I will make an investigation. Probably my right hon. friend is no more correct in that information than he was in his earlier information. I am quite content to have the matter investigated at once; I want to make that perfectly clear.
In conformity with that undertaking I immediately placed myself in touch with Mr. Stansbury in Kingston. My information is that the building used as a garage in the yard of Mr. Stansbury was possibly built before confederation, in the sense that it is an old stone building such as may be seen in many parts of the country.