HALIFAX, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - On the eve of Atlantic Lotto's November 14
appearance before Nova Scotia's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, we
decided to check what was said the last time.
We refer to the Hansard transcript of the January 25, 2006, Committee
Atlantic Lotto's president, Michelle Carinci, told the Committee that:
We follow, first of all, the Atlantic Procurement Agreement, and the
principles of that. Any contract that has the potential to be over the
amount of $50,000 goes to a formal request for proposal and then goes
through a very, very rigorous process that includes the parties that
are interested in that contract within the corporation, Internal Audit,
in some special occasions we might also include external audit in that
process, as well as our purchasing department. So that's the rigour
that's put behind that process.
Vice President Brian Daigle had the following exchange with Keith Colwell
MR. PATRICK DAIGLE: I would love to talk a little bit about our supply
chain management process because I'm very proud of it, and, to
Michelle's point, it's a very rigorous process. Every contract for
service that is in excess of $50,000 is publicly tendered, and that's
in accordance with the Atlantic Procurement Agreement. We do adhere to
that agreement. So we would advertise either in the newspaper or on the
provincial Opportunities electronic bulletin boards. So virtually every
opportunity above $50,000 from a services perspective.
MR. COLWELL: How do you handle contracts below $50,000?
MR. DAIGLE: We delineate between goods and services. Goods that are
less than $5,000, we require one quote; goods that are greater than
$5,000, we require three quotes; goods that are greater than $25,000,
we publicly advertise, either through a request for a quotation or a
request for proposals. Those guidelines are in accordance with the
Atlantic Procurement Agreement. From a services perspective, any
services under that threshold of $50,000, we seek one quote; above
$50,000 we go a public tendering process.
Earlier this year, Atlantic Lotto gave a foreign company a significant
contract for iBingo, without public disclosure or open, competitive tendering.
Atlantic Lotto has defended its conduct as consistent with Atlantic Lotto
Which leads us to ask:
1. Any reason why single-source contracts weren't mentioned to the Public
2. How does single-sourcing square with the following statements to the
Public Accounts Committee? "Any contract that has the potential to be
over the amount of $50,000 goes to a formal request for proposal ..."
& "Every contract for service that is in excess of $50,000 is publicly
3. While we're at it, how does Atlantic Lotto's handling of the iBingo
contract jibe with the following claim, made in an August 26, 2005,
news release? "ALC follows the Atlantic Procurement Agreement, which
ensures all interested suppliers have equal opportunity to bid on work
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