March 10, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

While
in five and a half years the previous government let only $736,000 by public advertisement the present government let $7,785,000 in just over three years.
Of contracts available for tender the previous government held 87 per cent, by value, for selected bidders, and threw open only 3-7 per cent for public advertisement. The present government has let 60 per cent, by value, by public advertisement, and only 40 per cent to selected bidders.
The present government let 135 contracts by public advertisement in three years, while the previous government let eleven contracts by public advertisement in five and a half years. The previous government threw open to public competition $736,000, or 13 per cent, while the present government threw open to competition $7,785,000, or 60 per cent.
But apart from the contracts referred to the interdepartmental committee, what is of special interest is this, that of the eleven contracts for which the previous administration invited public tenders through advertisement, no fewer than nine were in their first year of office, when they were fresh from the electors. After that first year, in four and a half years, the previous government only twice submitted defence contracts to public tender, for a total amount of $448,884. No public bids were invited in 1932-33; no public bids were invited in 1933-34; and only once in 1934-35, and again in 1935-36, did the previous government ask for public bids on defence contracts.
But what is the progressive record of the present government? This government let by competitive bids:
1. In the balance of 1935-36, 7 contracts.
2. In 1936-37, 31 contracts.
Defence Purchasing Board

3. In 1937-38, 38 contracts.
4. In 1938-39 (nine months only), 59 contracts.
Perhaps, therefore, Mr. Speaker, I may be forgiven if I am fairly sensitive when this government is accused of favouring pets and favourites when calling for tenders.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEFENCE PURCHASING BOARD TO ENTER INTO CONTRACTS FOR MUNITIONS, EQUIPMENT, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
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