Lotto nonsense no.2 - (second in an irregular series of responses)

    Psst!  Can you keep a secret?

    HALIFAX, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - The Chronicle-Herald has quoted Atlantic Lotto
vice president Michael Randall responding to the campaign.
    Mr. Randall referred to one of our statements as "another example of
misinformation." Somewhat ironic, isn't it? Atlantic Lotto keeps the contract
secret for seven months ... them blames us for (allegedly) lacking the right
    If Atlantic Lotto wanted people to have the right information about its
contract, then perhaps it should have disclosed the information. Just a
    The Atlantic Lotto spokesman also said that to issue a public tender
"would have cost an enormous amount of money" ... "probably over a million
dollars" ... and left taxpayers "paying for something unnecessarily."
    We're sorry Atlantic Lotto feels that way. We don't consider RFPs and
open competition to be unnecessary or a waste of money. We believe most
Atlantic Canadians would agree with us on that point.
    Moreover, none of that explains the secrecy. If Atlantic Lotto has a
"strong business case" to avoid public tendering, then why didn't it inform
the public? Atlantic Canadians are reasonable people. We are sure the public
would accept a "strong business case" if one were presented. So again we ask:
Why the secrecy?
    If there was a strong business case for failing to issue an open,
competitive tender, then for seven months why didn't Atlantic Lotto tell the
public what it was?

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