John William BELL

BELL, John William

Parliamentary Career

June 20, 1882 - January 15, 1887
CON
  Addington (Ontario)
February 22, 1887 - February 3, 1891
CON
  Addington (Ontario)
June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
CON
  Addington (Ontario)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
CON
  Addington (Ontario)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 7 of 121)


July 29, 1904

Mr. BELL.

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.

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July 29, 1904

Mr. BELL.

This is clearly one of the most extraordinary transactions that have come before the notice of this House. In discussing this matter last night attention was called to the fact that no tenders were called for this work. The reason advanced by the minister for this course was that no person would be in a position to tender except the company interested, because material could be supplied by them to better advantage than by any one else. Now, I find in the specification of timber as submitted by the government engineer that the greater part of that timber is southern pine, valued at $28 per thousand.

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July 29, 1904

Mr. BELL.

How far is it from the village of Seven Islands, which I understand is on the east side of the harbour ?

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July 29, 1904

Mr. BELL.

We are rather interested to find out how the engineer happened to go there. Who sent" him there ?

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July 29, 1904

Mr. BELL.

If this embankment was constructed, as it has been said, by the company simply dumping in the harbour the Mr. TAYLOR.

stone from the excavations on the railway, and they were paid $1.25 a yard for that, the company must have reason to look on this as a fairly paternal government. That is a very fair rate of pay. We have not very full information in reference to this matter, and if the minister can assure us that he can give some further information, I think he should let the item stand until Monday.

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