Hon. Roch La Salle (Minister of Public Works):
Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to say to the Hon. Member for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell that I believe this House is aware, and that he ought to know, that the philosophy or the system in current use is the very system that was set up by the previous Government.
Second, I think this junior Member ought to know that the Minister responsible has no authority over contracts worth $30,000 or less, because that authority has been delegated to the regions.
That being said, Mr. Speaker, and considering the reports about which I have serious doubts, today I asked my Deputy Minister to give me a full report on contracts allowed since September 4, 1984, and I will be glad to table this report in the House before the end of this session.
Subtopic: PUBLIC WORKS