Mr. GLEN CAMPBELL (Dauphin).
counted from the bottom up to the top. A space was left, and some eight feet of brush piled in, then the sand was put on top o-f that. To-day if you go down there with a team of horses you will bury the team in the holes where the brush has rotted out. It was the money of the people of Canada that went to pay for that wharf, and it is the Department of Public Works which is responsible for it. I say the Department of Public Works, but, perhaps the primary responsibility must rest on the rotten administration of the Liberal government. Mr. Speaker, the day is not far away, and we will welcome it, when the people of Canada will have a chance to say that they will not stand for that sort of thing.
I had intended to speak for perhaps a couple of hours', but I understand my Liberal friends are anxious to get home to the bosoms of their wives and families, therefore, I will cut my remarks short; but at the same time let me tell you, Mr. Speaker, that I could stand here for hours-, and detail the crookedness, malfeasance and incapacity of this administration in dealing with the money of the Canadian people. Let us take the case of Ri-chibucto wharf, passed upon by Mr. Stead, the resident engineer of the Department of Public Works, as being worth $700, and inside of two or three weeks passed upon by him, when the people of Canada had to pay for it-as being worth $5,000. When be said it was' worth $700 who was going to buy it? A great party heeler of the lowest description. When he valued it at $5,000, who was going to pay for.it, inside of two months? The people of Canada-the suckers.
Let us look at the case of the Bathurst dredging. The contract was illegally awarded to the friends of the government-in fact one of the partnership was a person allied very closely in relationship to a member of this House. $30,000 of the people's money went into it, and that is what brings *him here-his part of that $30,000.
The Guysborough Marine and Constructing Company-$34,000 of the" people's money illegally given by way of a contract again. Mr. Speaker, .do you think the people of Canada are going to stand for this wholesale robbery? Then, there is a little lake called Lake Maquoit. The dredging there cost about $48,000. Did it benefit the people of Canada? Not for one second. Their money was expended in digging a hole in the ground. Again $36,000 of the people's money was handed over to George Mc-Avity as a rake-off in consideration of his political influence with hie side partner the hon. Minister of Public Works. Thousands of dollars were expended to dredge for the Dalhousie Lumber Company, and no one has ever denied that the hon. Minister of Public Works, is at least, a sleeping partner in that company.
I would like to refer to one other point, and that is the fact that a certain gentleman who three or four years ago was adjudged by the courts- as unfitted to occupy a seat in this House has had more public money spent in his little constituency than we have had expended for public works altogether in the province of Manitoba during the -course of the last year. If the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Pugsley) were here, where he ought to be, I would have referred to another matter._ However, seeing that I am on my feet I will speak of it in any event. It is a matter pertaining to the people of my constituency. I refer to the dredging of the Mossy river. For years before I had the honour of representing that constituency we had what we called the * political dredge ' at the mouth of the Mossy river. On various occasions I pointed out to the hon. Minister of Public Works- that this was, in fact, a political -dredge, and was of no- use in the world. On every occasion I got a distinct pledge from him that he would reconsider his ways, and be wise in the expenditure of the people's money, and that he would spend the money in a proper manner. To this day there has been no- money expended there. But, at the last election he found that this political dredge was no good, and for the first time in the history of the place, the Conservative candidate got a majority; therefore, he -discarded the dredge and. dismissed his- men, as being of no use to the people of Canada, and more particularly to the Liberal party.
I wanted to ask the hon. Minister of Public W-orks (Mr. Pugsl-ey) some questions about this matter.
Unfortunately, he is not here. He should be here. Why is he not here? I wanted to ask some questions about Swan Creek dredging. The -dredge worked there up to the day of the election, and no man could work on that dredge five minutes unless he promised to vote for Theodore A. Burrows. The day after the election, what happened? The dredge was put out of commission, everything was thrown aside, the people's wants were overlooked. The only object, so far as it applies to Manitoba and the Northwest as far as I have -seen it, of the Public Works Department is to- use that whole department and its employees as a political partisan department, and the -machine for the furtherance of the crookedness of the Liberal party.
Topic: W. MULOCK.