Mr. H. B. MORPHY (North Perth), acting chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, presented the sixth report of the said committee, as follows:
Tour committee have had under consideration the purchase of horses for the Militia Department in the province of Nova Scotia, and beg to report to the House the evidence and documents in connection therewith.
Your committee are of the opinion that the evidence respecting the purchase of horses in Nova Scotia discloses circumstances of such an unsatisfactory character that further investigation and action are necessary, and they, recommend that the said evidence and all documents connected with the matters aforesaid he referred to the Department of Justice with instructions to make such investigation, and to institute such prosecutions and to take such proceedings as may he found necessary to protect the public interest.
And your committee further recommend that a further investigation should be made by the Government in regard to any irregularities which may have taken place in any other province of Canada, where such steps will be authorized and warranted by evidence or information of credible persons.
Mr. MORPHY also presented the seventh report of the said committee, as follows:
In view of the evidence adduced during the course of their inquiry into the matters referred by the House to them, your committee desire to draw the attention of the House to the requirement for the inauguration of a system of purchase, inspection and audit that will adequately protect the country from irregularities and frauds.