April 21, 1920 (13th Parliament, 4th Session)

UNION

Matthew Robert Blake

Unionist

Mr. BLAKE:

Not of policy, but a matter of great magnitude. With our railways spread all over the Dominion, it is almost impossible for the purchasing of supplies to be directed from Ottawa. I am satisfied that the man in charge of a division on a railway should be responsible for that division's needs. A man who runs a foundry in Winnipeg informed me that all the castings for shoe brakes are made in Hamilton and are then hauled to Winnipeg and western points, so that in the long run they cost really as much as if they had been cast at Winnipeg at a slightly higher price. I think that opens up the desirability of our having confidence in the men at the head of our Railways and Mercantile Marine, and if we have confidence in them, I see no reason why they should not he allowed to do their purchasing through their own organizations. -

Topic:   PURCHASING BOARD FOR CANADA.
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