OTTAWA, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - TPG Technology Consulting Ltd.'s
president, Mr. Don Powell, is concerned that a number of recent statements
made by Mr. Michael Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services
Canada (PWGSC), suggest the Minister is turning a blind eye to the
circumstances surrounding the pending award of a $400 million contract for
technical services. Otherwise, his department would be more willing to
investigate the potential conflicts of interests and possible breaches of
protocol surrounding this process.
"The Minister keeps stating that nothing went wrong and that he doesn't
want an inquiry into the process, but an inquiry would give other individuals
the opportunity to come forward and state once and for all what happened,"
said Mr. Powell.
"We thought this new government would welcome whistle-blowers and be
ready to investigate their claims to ensure the fairness and transparency of
the process, but the opposite seems to be happening!" Mr. Powell said.
"How can they say there's nothing wrong without even looking at what we
have? We thought the 'shoot, shovel and shut up policy' wouldn't be part of
the Conservative's agenda."
Mr. Powell said PWGSC has not seen the evidence obtained by TPG, but has
worked hard to discredit TPG's concerns.
Here are the facts:
- The Government has tried to discredit TPG's concerns by accusing TPG of
"sour grapes". However, TPG began expressing concerns to officials
over the RFP process as far back as May 2006 when the contract was
first tendered for proposals - long before the results were known.
- The Minister has stated that he doesn't want the Public Sector
Integrity Office (PSIO) to investigate this issue. Not only is his
statement a clear indication that this government doesn't want the
truth to come out through an independent investigation; it is also
disconcerting that a Minister would explicitly state that he doesn't
want an agent of Parliament to investigate.
- Both the Department and the Government have not requested nor seen the
evidence that TPG possesses concerning potential conflicts of interest
and interference in this contract process, nor have they offered to
protect people who might come forward with evidence. Furthermore, by
stating that he doesn't want the PSIO to be involved, Minister Fortier
is attempting to close the door on any protection that civil servants
or contractors would have.
Where is the accountability?
Mr. Powell states that he is ready to divulge information to an
independent body that will offer protection to involved individuals so that
they can feel safe in coming forward to share their concerns about this
An independent inquiry is the only way to determine whether this contract
process was conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner.
For further information:
For further information: Call Chris Frantz, (613) 620-1778;