Canadian Company Decries Secrecy Surrounding Atlantic Lottery Corporation Foreign Contract - Launches Campaign for Openness and Transparency

    HALIFAX, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - A Canadian software company is launching a public
campaign to ensure that the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (Atlantic Lotto)
follows open and transparent contracting practices.
    "Public business is the public's business," said Scott White, CEO of
Canadian company Parlay Entertainment as he launched the
campaign, following Atlantic Lotto's award of a major, untendered contract to
a foreign company.
    "It is absolutely unacceptable for Atlantic Lotto to award a major
contract without openness, without transparency, and without a fair
competition that Canadian companies can win or lose on the merits," White
    Earlier this year Atlantic Lotto awarded a contract for iBingo to a
Swedish company. Atlantic Lotto did not invite tenders for the contract.
Indeed, it did not announce to the public that it intended to grant a
contract. To this day, Atlantic Lotto has never publicly announced the
identity of the Swedish company or publicly disclosed the contract's terms.
    "There has been too much secrecy surrounding such an important contract
for such an important public business," said White. "A secret search. Secret
criteria. Secret negotiations. Secret contract terms.
    "Some may ask whether we are sore losers," added White. "There was no
competition for us to lose! No process. Canadian companies never had a chance
to lose or win. Atlantic Lotto went straight to a foreign company."
    White was joined at the launch by Michael Dunn, who will lead the campaign. Dunn explained that has three

    1.  The four Provincial Auditors General should audit the Atlantic
        Lotto award process that resulted in an untendered iBingo contract.
        They should also audit Atlantic Lotto's procurement practices
    2.  Atlantic Lotto should have to comply with the Atlantic Procurement
        Agreement, which requires competitive tendering.
    3.  All major Atlantic Lotto contracts ($50,000 or more for services)
        should be open to public tender, and all contract awards should be
        publicly announced. No exceptions.

    "The purpose of is clear," said Dunn. "We want Atlantic
Canadians to know what happened here. We want to ensure that secret,
untendered deals are never made again."

For further information:

For further information: Michael Dunn, (902) 229-5378

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