In the spring of 1914, an act was passed by the New Brunswick Legislature empowering
Three main charges were examined by the Commission: that there had been significant cost
over runs; that "a large amount of money" had been misappropriated; and, that the contractors
"were compelled to pay, and did pay" significant sums to sitting members of the legislature.
This last charge was even more serious as the Premier,
The first charge was less accusatory than it was the subject of a fact finding mission. No wrongdoings were assigned. The Commissioners simply stated that an extra $873 292.25 was required to finish the project.
As to the second charge, the Commissioners found that, though technically there was a
diversion of funds which totalled over $100 000, the vast majority of the money went
towards the construction of the railroad and thus was not illegal in the spirit of the law.
Nonetheless, the Commissioners did note that $4 000 clearly had been misappropriated,
going to a local Fredericton newspaper,
Regarding the third charge, Flemming admitted to receiving $2 000 from the Railway Company, but denied that there was any compulsion in the exchange. Harry McLeod was also under suspicion of extortion. The Commissioners found McLeod not guilty but found Flemming guilty of the act of compulsion.
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