February 24, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


Charles Fitzpatrick (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)



The first clause practically re-enacts the law as we have it now ; that is to say, it provides that the minister shall invite tenders for all works of which the estimated cost exceeds $5,000, the exceptions being those works which are of immediate and urgent necessity and those of which the estimated cost does not exceed $5,000. The new feature is the second paragraph, which provides that all contracts let by tender are to be let, not by the minister directly, but by the minister under the control and with the approval of the Governor in Council. Having looked into the law, I found it necessary to make this change. As a matter of fact, contracts for works costing less than $5,000 have been let without tender, but there has been no legislative sanction for that. I am making this change so as to provide for the full approval of council to every contract that is made.

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