June 6, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)

L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

Is it not restricting the powers of the commission very much to say that they cannot vary a requisition? Suppose the Postmaster General wants a padlock, and mentions a certain make to the commission. He asks for a thousand of one particular make, we will say. The commissiftn know that that is not the best make of padlock-it is their .business to know which is the best padlock, 'because they are experts, but apparently they have no power to say to the Postmaster General that the padlock he has requisitioned is not the best and that they will buy another one in its stead. As I understand it, they must report to the Prime Minister. That seems a very roundabout way, and I think it is restricting the powers of the commission altogether too much.

Topic:   PURCHASING OF DEPARTMENTAL AND OTHER SUPPLIES.
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