The iron fence around the Prime Minister's residence at 24 Sussex Drive
was in need of repair, and contractors from Alberta , Quebec and
Newfoundland were bidding for the job. The three of them went to look at the
job to be done along with a government official.
The Alberta contractor took out a measuring tape, did some calculations
and announced. "I figure the job will run about $9000, of which $4000 is for
materials, $4000 for my crew and $1000 of profit for me."
The Newfie contractor then measured the area, did some figuring and
announced, "I can do the job for $7000, being $3000 for materials,
$3000 for my crew and $1000 profit for me."
The Quebec contractor didn't measure anything and didn't do any
calculations. He simply leaned over to the government official and
The government official turned back to him saying, "You didn't even
measure or calculate like the other guys, so how do you come up with such a
The Quebec contractor whispers back to him, "$10,000 for me, $10,000
for you and we hire the Newfie to do the job."
"Done" replies the government official.