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

CON

Edward Guss Porter

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PORTER.

The evil effects of the course which has been pursued in the department in dealing with this matter are very apparent from the discussion which has taken place. Wood alcohol, it has been stated-in fact it has been admitted by the Minister of Inland Revenue-was manufactured in Canada before the Standard Chemical Company obtained a contract from this government. It was manufactured, to my own personal knowledge in Deseronto, by the Rathbun Company. As Canadians with their money invested in an enterprise, they had a perfect right to be allowed at least opportunity of free competition with any who might come against them. But we find that this has not been allowed. The contract was made with the Standard Chemical Company, and the Rathbun Company were not given an opportunity of applying.

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