June 5, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)


Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)


Mr. Fournier (Hull):

I missed it on Saturday and I caught it .today. I have been handed all the details as to procedure in the tenders. I see there is a notice for tenders for coal for the maritime provinces. One paragraph reads:
Tenders should be made on the forms supplied by the department and in accordance with departmental specifications and conditions attached thereto.
I have tried to read the general specifications, and I cannot see any limitation in that part of the tender. Further on there is a sheet annexed which is sent to those who wish to tender. It gives a list of all the areas where coal is needed in the rnari-times. It is headed by this note:
Do not write your quotations on the present list. It is not a tender form but merely a guide to help you select the name(s) of the town(s) where you may wish to supply coal.
These things are always complicated in my department, however, and I see further on that in New Brunswick they give the names of the towns and the quantities, and I think they even mention mines, but 1 do not see any mention of the Minto mine. If that is what is implied by this document, I shall give instructions today that tenders may be received from the New Brunswick mines. I cannot say that they will get any preference of course, because they would have to supply the best quality, and so forth, in order to get the contract; but I can have those instructions sent out in half an hour or so.

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