March 16, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Karl Kenneth Homuth

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HOMUTH:

I abide by your ruling, Mr. Speaker. But I do say that we are asked to go to Toronto to investigate a plant-not the plant that was there when the contract was given, but a new plant which has been constructed, in which the Bren machine gun is being made. It is not being made in that immense boiler factory with ceilings sixty, seventy or eighty feet high. The Bren machine gun is being made in an addition-and a rather cheap looking addition at that-which has been built outside the old John Inglis Company plant. In that part they have spent $844,000 in machinery, much of the profit from which is going to those who are promoting this whole affair. The plant we would see is entirely different from the plant which was there when the contract was made.
There were lies told about the plant, and untruths told about the condition of the plant, in order to get the contract. One lie led to another, and the whole thing was a case of misrepresentation. We charge that the old John Inglis Company plant was not a fit place
in which to make the Bren machine gun. The very fact that they had to build a new plant is proof of that.

Topic:   PUBLIC ACCOUNTS
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