October 20, 2011 by staff
The government has insisted for more than a year that politics will play no role in deciding which of the three bidders – located in Vancouver, Halifax and Levis, Que. – They are going to lose out in the battle for the richer set of contracts since the Second World War.
BC Premier Christy Clark said Monday he was personally assured the weekend by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the decision was based on the merit of the offers.
“The prime minister and I discussed the weekend,” Clark told reporters. “It was very, very clear, when I met him at Fort St. John. There has been no direction and influence decision-making at all in the political arena.
“So if the bureaucrats and the bureaucracy in Ottawa is working to the best interests of taxpayers, I am sure they will make sure the offer (BC) comes to mind.”
The federal government has resorted to extraordinary measures to avoid a repeat of the 1986 decision by the Mulroney government to award the contract of CF-18 fighter maintenance of a Montreal company, despite an offer of Winnipeg was technically superior.
That decision was instrumental in launching the Reform Party and the ultimate destruction of the old Mulroney Progressive Conservative Party.
Tory in, said Monday that neither Harper nor Public Works Minister, Rona Ambrose, MP Edmonton responsible for the file are aware of the decision and will not know until after the shipyards have been notified.
“You can take that to the bank,” said a senior source.
It is expected that the decision will be announced on Wednesday.
The three candidates are Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, Seaspan Marine Corp. of BC and the Davie shipyard in Quebec.
Only Irving and Seaspan are competing for the most lucrative part of the contract – and $ 25 million for the construction of military vessels for decades.
The three are the bidders and 8 billion in non-military vessels, including a ship of science and Coast Guard icebreaker in the Arctic.
The loser will be the crumbs on – and $ 2 million for the construction of vessels of the smallest state.
Four senior officials have been responsible for evaluating the bids, but they are evaluating the information in a “blind” basis.
In other words, the documents state that the proposals come from the “Company A, B or C company,” said an official.
The Harper government has also brought in outside consultants, including the First British consultancy International Marina format to review the capabilities of the three shipyards.
And the accounting firm KPMG was hired to ensure the selection process was fair.
There was considerable speculation Monday on Parliament Hill that Halifax is likely to get the major military contract, while BC and get the $ 8 million in non-military.
Policy makers recognize that what is lost cry out against injustice region, with Quebec is particularly daunting given the recent allegations that the Harper government – with only five seats of the 166 seats in the province – not woo Quebecers as previous governments have traditionally done.
But it would be considerable if the fury a. JC ends up losing, raising the possibility that the recent tensions between the governments of Clark and Harper will fall to levels not seen since the NDP ruled under fed-Basher Glen Clark.
Christy Clark expressed confidence Monday that Seaspan, owner of Victoria Shipyards in Esquimalt, Vancouver shipyard and dry dock Vancouver, you get a winner.
“I’m still very hopeful that British Columbia will win. I think the Seaspan offer was excellent and I have no problem to understand and believe that any of the other three tenders could be better,” he said.
“So my point of view – I think there are two shipyards in the struggle for half of the contract, and that is those in Quebec and that is those in Nova Scotia, because I think Seaspan will get to the top . ”
BC NDP leader Adrian Dix shared the latter sentiment, while firing a dig at the premiere in the government’s handling of the files, saying that the Liberals waited too long before providing and $ 40 million in support in July Seaspan supply.
“I think we have arrived late, and the government’s performance has not been very good, but I think we have great workers and great yards and I am sure that on the merits that we will get those jobs,” Dix told reporters Monday.
“I’m sure, because I think we have great workers in BC”
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