Mr. Cyril Keeper (Winnipeg North Centre):
Mr. Speaker, my question is directed to the Minister of Public Works. I want to remind the Minister that his Department took part in the tendering of a cleaning contract for Canada Post. The president of the company which was a higher bidder and was awarded the contract said that after all the bids were in officials of Canada Post said they still wanted his company to do the job even though it was the second highest of the four bidders. He said: "They asked me to negotiate the bid". He said that he lowered his bid by about 10 per cent to make it slightly lower than Federated's and then was awarded the contract.
Does the Minister not agree that this has all the appearances of undermining the integrity of the bidding process? Is the Minister prepared to put a stop to this? Will he investigate it? What will he do to preserve the integrity of the bidding process so that people with the lowest bid can get fair treatment and get the contract?
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: PUBLIC WORKS