May 17, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)

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Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt

Mr. John Merriam:

Further to my wire to you August 8, Trans-Canada has executed a contract which meets its requirements.
N. E. Tanner.
That telegram is signed "N. E. Tanner". What happened between those dates? What
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Northern Ontario Pipe Line Corporation things transpired? What changed the "Eldon" relationship to a business relationship? Why the alteration in course? The minister tried to give an explanation today to the effect that they could not get together or something of the sort. Actually, it is interesting that it was at this point that this master salesman Symonds entered the picture.
Those are things we want to find out about. Those are questions that must be asked. If we ask them of the government and if we get the kind of answers that we received in reference to the McMahon letters, the replies will not be as valuable as the facts might warrant. Yes; what about Mr. McMahon? He made an offer. He set it out in detail. He showed what he would do. That statement is contained in his letter of April 24, 1956, to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, detailing every possible eventuality, giving the particulars that only a definite offer would possibly include. It was naturally marked "private and confidential". It is to be communicated to the government. The letter is addressed to the Minister of Trade and Commerce.

Topic:   NORTHERN ONTARIO PIPE LINE CORPORATION
Subtopic:   CONSTITUTION OF CROWN COMPANY TO CONSTRUCT PIPE LINE, MAKE SHORT-TERM LOANS, ETC.
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