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

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

We cannot ascertain what is the total production of the concern. I may say that when that contract was made, there were only two firms manufacturing that article- The Standard Chemical Company and the Rathbun Company. They both amalgamated, no doubt in order to secure the contract. The price given before was from $1.40 to $1.00. The contract was entered into five years ago. I do not care whether the parties were Liberal or Conservative. My impression is that Mr. Rathbun was a Conservative and so was Mr. Peuehen. The contract was given them because there were no other manufacturers of that article in the country. We could not get people to enter into the manufacture of alcohol for the sake of securing a contract of $1,500 or $2,000.

Topic:   SUPPLY-GOVERNMENT BUSINESS.
Subtopic:   INQUIRY FOR RETURN.
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