The attitude taken is this in effect: "You waited too long; you thought you were going to be protected." The suppliers say, "We thought we were going to be protected", but now they are in the position where they are out a large amount of money. The company has flown; and, if the accounts are paid, many tens of thousands of dollars beyond the cost of the contract will be required to complete the building.
Let me give another example, the new public building at Fort Qu'Appelle, as it is described. It was to cost $132,000, and we find that $103,000 was paid to the company. I would ask the Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys (Mr. Prudham)-because, if one may judge from the notes in front of him, he will probably speak this afternoon-to tell us, as one of the great contractors in this country-
Subtopic: ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE