May 23, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

I beg to move than an order of the House do issue for copies of all documents concerning the claim presented by Mackenzie & Mann with respect to their contract for the building of the Yukon Railway. As I explained at a former sitting of the House that when I would present this claim, I would make a statement concerning it, I beg to say that Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann have presented their claim on equitable grounds to be recouped the expenditure they were led to incur in consequence of having entered into a contract with tlie government to build the railway in the Yukon. Their claim, as presented at first, amounted to $510,000. It has been reduced from time to time. $200,000 have been taken off for the saving these gentlemen were able to make by using the material in other work. There are still some further deductions to be made. There is one part of the claim which will have to be deducted, namely, their claim for 15 per cent profit on the expenditure. If their claim is to be considered on equitable grounds, this of course cannot be allowed. But before coming to any conclusion, the government consider that the matter should first be subjected to judicial audit.

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