January 10, 2014
Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Calls for Procurement Reform
Saskatchewan Energy and Resources Minister Tim McMillan is spearheading an effort to overhaul the disadvantageous procurement practices of other Canadian provinces. Specifically, McMillan wants to see the preference for local suppliers abolished, which he believes is in violation of trade obligations between provinces. In Ontario, for example, a local company would be awarded a contract even if its bid was slightly higher than the bid of a non-Ontario company.
A preliminary legal opinion exists on the issue. A final legal opinion is needed to resolve the issue, and before taking the concern to a final resolution panel, the accusing province must inform the offending province of its alleged violation and give an opportunity to correct the practice.
McMillan, along with about two dozen Saskatchewan companies, has asked for action from the government.