In that case, the North Shore Power and Pulp Company is an officer of the government, because that is the party doing the work.
-or in cases where the estimated cost is less than $5,000.
Regarded from every point of view, there is really nothing that has been said to this House that justifies this transaction. The idea of this being built as a harbour of refuge is one that escaped the attention of the government! for seven years. (Only now, when certain parties want to build it do they make the discovery that it is necessary to make these important works. The reason given for not publicly calling for tenders is quite inadequate and offers no justification for adopting this course. There was no question of emergency, and there is nothing to show that it is more in the interest of the government to build this without tender than in the case of any other contract in which the government are engaged. If the government can take refuge under that section to justify the carrying out of this work in the way they are doing it practically they have set aside any other obligation resting upon them to perform any part of the public works of this country by tender and contract. If this is to be the interpretation placed upon the section by the minister, the whole system that has been looked upon as, in a certain measure, a security to the people of the country is wiped out. Because, there is no public work going on in Canada for which such justification c.vild not be found if 1be go [DOT] ernment chose to do the work in the manner in which they are doing it here-by buying the materials and supplying the labour.