Hon. Elmer M. MacKay (Minister of Public Works):
Madam Speaker, I want to assure the hon. member that contrary to the premise of his question he is off on the wrong track on this one.
Public Works was asked to secure premises for the Atomic Energy Control Board. Expressions of interest, as I recall, were received from four or five interested parties. Subsequently a tender was called. The lowest tender was from Standard Life I believe. I will have to search my memory on this. However, I can assure the member of one thing. The leasing agent that he refers to had no part to play in the process whatsoever. It was done by Public Works in an open and transparent way. I would be pleased to give him all the background information.
As far as any statement of claim is concerned, my colleague is well aware that statements of claim and legal actions are very common on behalf of dissatisfied people who have not quite measured up to some of the tendering process. I would not put too much significance on that if I were he.
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