Frank Klees

Press Release

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February 23, 2011

Untendered Contracts on Fast Track

(Queen’s Park) PC Transportation and Infrastructure Critic Frank Klees called on the government to stop a multi-million dollar contract in its tracks and put the contract out for competitive bids.

At issue is a contract Metrolinx is poised to sign for the purchase of diesel rail cars for use on the Airport Rail Link.  According to Klees, the contract was never put to public tender and should never have been approved by the government.

"A Request for Information was issued but there was never a formal tendering process, no competitive bidding for this contract," said Klees while questioning the Minister of Transportation on the issue.

Rather than put this contract out for public tender, Klees charged that the government chose to rely on a tender process issued by the State of California for a similar project last year.

"In the wake of the e-Health scandal, the Premier repeatedly assured us that there would be no more sole-sourced contracts and that all major contracts would be put out for public tender," said Klees. "How can this government possibly justify signing yet one more multi-million dollar contract with a foreign company, knowing that at least five other manufacturers, including Siemens Canada, - a large employer here in Ontario - can meet the very same specifications?"

Klees called on the government to immediately put a stop to the "backroom, untendered deal" and to immediately issue an open public tender for the contract.

 

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Hansard, February 23, 2011

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Mr. Frank Klees: To the Minister of Transportation: This government, through Metrolinx, is poised to sign a multi-million dollar contract with a foreign manufacturer for the purchase of diesel rail cars for use on the airport Rail Link.  A request for information was issued but there was never a formal tendering process, no competitive bidding for this contract. Apparently Metrolinx and the Minister of Transportation are content to rely on a tender process issued by the state of California.

How does the minister justify yet another multi-million-dollar untendered contract?

 

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne: I know that the member opposite knows that our procurement rules are very tight and that we follow them. The reality is that these cars are built nowhere in Canada. We had to look elsewhere to get these cars and we followed the procurement process.

The point is that we need to have the highest and cleanest diesel engines possible for this line. They have to be convertible to electric. That is our plan. Our government is making a multi-billion-dollar investment in public transit. We have done more than $12 billion of investment in transit since we’ve been in office. That is our commitment and we will continue to invest in public transit for the GTAA and for the province.

 

The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): Supplementary?

 

Mr. Frank Klees: In the wake of the eHealth scandal, the Premier repeatedly assured this House that there would be no more sole-sourced contracts entered into by this government. How can this government possibly justify signing yet one more multi-million-dollar contract with a foreign company knowing that at least five other manufacturers, including Siemens of Canada, a large employer here in Ontario, have the ability to meet the very same specifications?

Will the minister agree to put a stop to this backroom, untendered deal and direct Metrolinx to issue, immediately, an open public tender for this contract?

 

Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne: The procurement process has been followed on every single one of our deals. It has been open, it has followed the rules and it has gotten the best deal for the people of Ontario.

What we are doing is we are building public transit in Ontario. We are building an air-rail link so that Toronto can be a world-class city. We are investing in the transit that is needed in the GTHA in order for us to be an economic driver for this province and for this country.

The member opposite was part of a government that did zero investment in transit, that did zero investment in the moving of goods and people around this province.

I stand by our process. Metrolinx has been involved, as I say, in procurement processes that have followed all of the rules.

It is a bit rich to take advice from the member opposite, who was part of a government that did no investment in public—

 

The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): Thank you. New question.