July 20, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


William Pugsley



I would like to ask the minister if generally the department allows the exercise of patronage in connection with the awarding of contracts for the carrying of the mails. The reason I ask the question is because it has quite recently come to my notice that where tenders were called for carrying the mails, the tenderer who had offered to do the work for the lowest amount and who naturally expected to receive the contract was disappointed. There was political interference and the contract was given to a political friend of the Government, whose figures were higher than those of the other tenderer. It seems to me that should not be so, and in connection with services of this character the department should be left absolutely free to secure the performance of the work at the lowest price, because if there is political interference and the contract is given to a higher tenderer, it necessarily means the paying out of more public money to mail carriers than would otherwise have been the case.

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