Mr. VENIOT (Translation):
I did not say what was the reason. The hon. member is getting excited again.
Tenders are called for and received. Provencher put in a tender for $595; a man named Richer for $800; one Blake for $825, and one Boulanger for $875. The contract was awarded to Richer at the price of the lowest tender, that submitted' by Provencher.
Richer had put in a tender for $800 and Provencher for $500, and Richer learnt that he would secure the contract if he would lower his tender price to $595. That happened after the meeting of December 22nd at which Provencher refused to pay $5 to MacKinnon. I do not say that is the reason.