Kicked in the face again

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The government of Newfoundland and Labrador, with our tax dollars, funded the new expansion to the cancer clinic. A Quebec company was the lowest bidder on a $25-million contract by $500,000.

Let me tell you what this saving cost our economy. The Quebec company chose to ignore local bids from mechanical, plumbing and electrical companies and awarded all subcontracts to Quebec companies if they could beat or match the local companies tendered prices. The materials will be purchased in Quebec and the labour force will be hired in Quebec.

How can this be allowed to happen — our hard earned tax dollars being used to support Quebec’s economy?

To add insult to injury, Newfoundland and Labrador companies cannot obtain contracts in Quebec as they have a Quebec-only policy.

Just another case of Newfoundland and Labradorians getting sand kicked in their faces. It’s time to stand up and correct the many injustices thrown our way. (Wait until you see what the federal government gave away from our fishery again to appease Central Canada in the European free trade deal).

I do, however, offer a solution — Newfoundland and Labrador should join Quebec. Think of all the federal money we would get, the hydro-power from Churchill Falls will finally be ours and, greatest of all, we’ll be able to jig a cod when we want. Wake up, politicians.

David DuPree (non-Quebecois)

St. John’s

Geographic location: Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Paul
    August 24, 2014 - 17:52

    Well then next time just lower your prices and you just might get the bid.

    • Dave Williams
      August 26, 2014 - 14:16

      is it Paul or Pauley as I said we had the low tender price and still never got it

  • Michael Foley
    August 24, 2014 - 12:01

    Time to kick the mainland back in the face, get rid of all the CFA's here stealing our jobs and our resources. We don't need them. Keep Newfoundland for Newfoundlanders only.

    • paul
      August 27, 2014 - 17:47

      Yep that makes a lot of sense.....if Alberta did the same they'd send 20,000 nfldrs back home...

  • Ron Tizzard
    August 22, 2014 - 12:57

    Dave, I feel for you, But, it can be man eat man kind of world out there. If no laws were broken, which you seemed to indicate, or you would have screamed about - and rightly so). You've been educated from this experience...best wishes down the road...leave it behind. You've been educated.

  • Jiggerypokery Ockely Dokely
    August 22, 2014 - 12:42

    If I decide to build a mansion in the sky, I'd better have some sky neighbours for capital and labour. Cancel Muskrat and have Ed Martin slink back down the beanpole. This is beans in comparison. NALCOR spends that much at least fortnightly. Need a hospital and don't need that dam setup. So there. Move to the Gaspe there old buddy and jig away. It's a free country. Isn't it?

  • Dave Williams
    August 22, 2014 - 10:09

    We are the mechanical Contractor that was low tender to the Quebec Contractor it was a $6.5 million dollar contract for us we had meetings with them but because we would not give them back a credit of over a 100 thousand dollars they went elsewhere and gave the contract to a Quebec mechanical contractor that probley never even bid the project. shame on our Goverment