NDP calls for investigation into compensation for failed bidders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2015 

NDP CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO COMPENSATION FOR FAILED BIDDERS  

OTTAWA – New Democrats are asking the Auditor General to investigate the financial compensation of failed bidders by Public Services and Procurement. 

“We need to know why millions of dollars from public funds have gone to unsuccessful bidders for public projects,” said NDP infrastructure critic Matthew Dubé (Chambly Beloeil). “Normally the cost associated with a failing bid would be covered by the company that made the bid – not by taxpayers.” 

For over a decade, the federal government has provided financial compensation to unsuccessful bidders. For instance, unsuccessful bidders for the construction of the new Champlain Bridge received over $10 million in compensation.  

New Democrats hope that an Auditor General investigation of these funds can shed light on the federal government’s practice of compensating losing bidders. Canadians deserve to know how much of money has been spent on this type of practice.  

“As the progressive opposition, we will work with the Liberal government and propose concrete solutions to get results for Canadians and improve accountability in Ottawa," said Dubé. 

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