PCA and CLAC call on the Federal Government to make open tendering a
condition for infrastructure funding contributions
OTTAWA, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Progressive Contractors Association of
Canada (PCA) and the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) were
in Ottawa today to lend their voices to the debate on closed tendering.
Closed tendering is an issue all across Canada. In Ontario,
municipalities are hit the hardest because of loopholes in the current
provincial labour legislation. In Manitoba and BC, closed tendering
has been created because of decisions to enter into monopoly agreements
with certain suppliers.
"Closed tendering creates an unlevel playing field. Large, publically
funded infrastructure projects should be open to all Canadian taxpayers
regardless of union affiliation," said Sean Reid of PCA. "We are
calling on the federal government to respect taxpayers' dollars by
making open tendering a condition of their financial contribution to
future infrastructure projects"
Appearing before the Transport Committee, the PCA and CLAC said they
were pleased to offer the government and opposition parties their
perspective on how increased competition can make taxpayers' dollars
stretch farther. Both PCA and CLAC are working hard to raise awareness
of the issue at all levels of government so that corrective action is
"Shutting out competitors for large, publically funded infrastructure
projects leads to increased costs. A City of Hamilton report recently
concluded that these costs can escalate by as much as 40%," said
Brendan Kooy, Regional Director - Eastern Ontario for CLAC. "Our
Government needs to ensure that our infrastructure dollars are spent in
a way that maximizes the value and number of projects that can be
completed and allows everyone to compete for the work."
SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
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