March 31, 1998
(Works, Services and Transportation)
The following statement was issued today by
Lloyd Matthews, Minister of Works, Services and Transportation.
It was also read in the House of Assembly:
I want to take this opportunity today to update
Honourable Members on the status of the Public Tender Act
consultation process. Last fall, I undertook a commitment to
consult with industry groups regarding the way government
procures goods, services and construction, with a view to
strengthening our legislation, encouraging innovation, and
providing a fair opportunity for local business and industry in
our province. I am pleased to report today, that this review
process is now complete.
I have attended a series of information sessions
around the province; in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City,
St. John's, Gander and Corner Brook. The high level of interest
in this review process is encouraging. Approximately 100
individuals representing a variety of organizations and interests
ranging from construction, manufacturing, suppliers,
municipalities and various government funded bodies attended
these information sessions. In addition, department has received
24 written submissions and heard eight individual presentations.
I want to thank all of these individuals and organizations for
their interest and input into this review process.
Our challenge now is to incorporate all of the
views and concerns expressed by these various groups and
individuals and make sound legislative changes based on
recommendations we've received. We have achieved consensus on
some issues but clearly not on all issues. We have heard
throughout the process that there is a need for change, but we've
also heard a desire to keep the integrity and transparency of the
Public Tender Act.
I remain committed to making legislative changes
which will give the public the best value for their money. I am
also committed to preserving the basic principles of the Public
Tender Act; fairness, competition and transparency. I am pleased
to report today that the process of making legislative changes is
underway and I expect to introduce at least some the proposed
changes in this sitting of the legislature.