After much prodding by other bloggers, I set this up for my own writings. The name is in honour of the two women that mentored me throughout my life on politics and intelligence issues, as well as being wonderful family members, now alas deceased. I hope to live up to their standards at this site.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

How was the untendered contract awarded in the first place to a political friend of the government?

I just finished watching today's Question Period and something was raised there that I think was not properly dealt with. A question was asked regarding the letting of an untendered contract to look into the tendering process itself to a friend/political ally of someone in the government, unfortunately I missed exactly who it was specifically and as yet I haven't got a Hansard transcript to work from. John Baird made a big deal of saying that as soon as it was noticed and brought to his attention that such happened that the contract was cancelled immediately and that this was what real accountability looked like, which is why the Liberal asking the question didn't recognize it supposedly. Ok, I can accept that once it was found out (although I have to wonder whether it was found out from media reports and if it had not come out there would this contract still be in place, and if it was a media report that caused it to be noticed then we see the media demonstrating yet again why the better access to the government and government information/documents for the media results in better government and why restricting such access is antithetical to open government) it was cancelled, but there was one question neither asked nor answered. That question is how did this untendered contract end up in the hands of a political ally/friend of this government in the first place?

It would be interesting to find out exactly how this contract was awarded, when it was cancelled, and whether that cancellation date was prior to the media report or after. However what it does show is that the accountability government has already had sloppy enough contract tendering to its friends despite claiming such would never happen on their watch within its first 2 months. I would also wonder how many untendered contracts have been let in Quebec by Public Works that also "coincidentally" go to friends/supporters of the CPC. In any event, while this particular contract was cancelled once the Minister knew about it, the question still must be how did it get tendered to that person in the first place and why didn't the Minister already have in place orders that all untendered contracts must be vetted for political affiliation to prevent the use of government contracts for rewarding political support instead of making sure the most qualified recipient/firm gets the contract regardless of such affiliation.


Anonymous dennis said...

John Baird said in the media scrum following that the contract was awarded without his knowledge or permission and , get this, the woman who got the contract (most likely through friends in the dept.) is the daughter of a Liberal member of parliament.

That is the story. Internally there are still beurocrats who will try to subvert the rules for their friends. It will require vigilence and a strong whistle blower program to weed these people out.

Question: does anyone know who this woman's Liberal daddy or mommy is?

Fri Apr 07, 02:24:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous john said...

Did you have a chance to follow up on this Scotian? I went looking for more info or links but found none.

Fri Apr 07, 07:10:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous john said...

Scotian, Scotian, are you there? What is the follow up here, we the people, need to know the truth!

Wed Apr 19, 07:54:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Dennis said...

john said...

Scotian, Scotian, are you there? What is the follow up here, we the people, need to know the truth!

Again, its clear after days that answers are not forthcoming.

Not surprising.

Fri May 12, 04:00:00 PM 2006  

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