March 18, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)


I will simply read for the benefit of the Postmaster General, as
he was not in before, the statement made at the meeting at Longford, where these works are situated, as reported in the ' Globe ' of March 3rd :
Sir William recalled the interviews he had had with Mr. Peuchen in reference to the establishment of this industry and the promise of the government to encourage it by traffic regulations, and buy, after its establishment, part of the product of wood alcohol for the manufacture of methylated spirits.
Nothing more definite could be said than that.
It was simply the duty of the government to give Mr. Peuchen a fair hearing

Mr. Peuchen did not care for the fair hearing; what he wanted to get was a standing contract that would guarantee him for five years the privilege of selling this article to the government. It stands on a par with the arrangement made by the government with the American Bank Note Company-first making a contract and then establishing the concern. Before this industry was established he made that arrangement with them. The department is bound down under a contract without competition, to take wood alcohol to the extent of $22,500 a year, and the hon. Minister of Inland Revenue goes farther ; he says that to-day he will not state publicly that he will purchase this article by open competition, but if there is another establishment doing business in Canada, he will see if he cannot do business with them. Surely it is unfair to use the public money in this manner, .and the hon. Minister of Inland Revenue owes it to himself to state that no more contracts for the purchase of wood alcohol will be made without open tender in competition.

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