February 10, 1927

LIB
CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The newspaper says that the Canadian National has done so.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

It does not officially

quote the Canadian National.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

We will ascertain if the

contracts have not been made.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

My information regarding that point is simply this: The railway

company has been pressing very hard to be allowed to get into a position where this equipment will be on order, as much of it will be very badly required before it is delivered and deliveries will stretch over a year or 'more of this particular equipment. Sir Henry Thornton on the last occasion when he discussed the matter with me stated, "I must move forward." I said, "Very well, there is nothing to prevent you from going through all the preliminaries of calling for tenders and getting your prices so that you will be in a position to act with the utmost expedition once we have dealt with the matter in parliament."

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Will the minister inquire whether or not on Saturday last a contract was let to the Canadian Car and Foundry Company for $2,000,000 worth of equipment, and let parliament know the result?

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LIB
CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

If he does I am satisfied he will find that a contract has been let.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

The deputy minister is

a director of the company and he advises me definitely that such a contract has not been let.

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Item agreed to. Loan to the Canadian Government Merchant Marine Limited, repayable on demand with interest at a rate to be fixed by the Governor in Council, upon such terms and conditions as the Governor in Council may determine, and to be applied in payment of:- (a) Deficits in operation of the company and of the vessels under the company's control during the year ending March 31, 1927. (b) Capital expenditure in connection with the vessels under the company's control, $600,000.


CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

Will the minister give a

word of explanation about this appropriation?

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

This appropriation is

identical with the material submitted to the special! committee one year ago. There is no change.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Is it for the year ending March 31, 1927?

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LIB
CON
LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

There is nothing in any

of these estimates for next year.

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Item agreed to. Resolutions reported, read the first and second time and concurred in.


WAYS AND MEANS

SUPPLY BILL


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Railways and Canals) moved that the House go into committee of ways and means. Motion agreed to and the House went into committee, Mr. Johnston in the chair.


February 10, 1927