January 25, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

On the estimated quantities, as put in because of this reason that although he was lower on the smaller quantity he was four cents higher on the larger quantity. If the large quantity had re-manied that would have been just. As a matter of fact it was not so at all. On the actual quantities it worked out in this way. Solid rock grew into 3,674,735 yards which at $1.50 a yard amounted to $5,512,102 and at $1.45 a yard, Mullarkey's price, it amounted to $5,328,365. There was a considerable gain there because the quantity
had increased and the five cents a yard difference counted all the time. The loose rock had again increased and with the same result, common excavation decreased and of course did not count so much against Mullarkey as did the larger quantity that was estimated before and upon which low priced material he had put in a higher price. The result was that McDonald's price was $6,880,408 while Mullarkey's price, on the actual quantities allowed and paid for was $6,695,347. There was an actual difference and there would have been a gain to the country if Mullarkey had got the contract of $185,000. But that is not all. Mullarkey appeared to be $177,000 on the wrong side of the account as I showed a moment ago. The result was that upon the actual figures it would have worked out at $363,000 less if honest estimates had obtained. Deduct from that the difference in tenders and you would still have in favour of Mullarkey and in favour of the country $110,000. If you take a half dozen other items in connection with this same matter, the particulars of which I need not go into, you will find that wherever Mullarkey was low the quantities increased-and wherever Mullarkey was high the quantities decreased strangely enough. Taking only these items at the head of the list and adding them we have another $175,000 in favour of Mullarkey's tender.

Topic:   COMPARISON OF ESTIMATE AND RETURN.
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