MPs Speak Out: Procurement MisDirection
July 13, 2006

THE HARPER GOVERNMENT THREATENS TO SWEEP AWAY SMALL AND MEDIUM
BUSINESSES IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

David McGuinty, MP, Ottawa South, Marcel Proux, MP, Hull-Aylmer and
Mauril Bélanger MP, Ottawa-Vanier are actively engaged in the
resolution of vendor issues and concerns.

Ottawa, July 12th 2006- The Harper Government's Procurement Reform, if
adopted, will undoubtedly affect small and medium-size businesses in the
National Capital Region in a manner never seen before.
Private-sector suppliers of temporary help services, as well as
consulting firms and furniture suppliers to name only a few industries
are extremely worried at Public Works and Government Services Minister
Michael Fortier's plan to revamp the current procurement program into
one that may drastically limit the competitive nature of government
procurement.

"My concern also lies with those whose livelihood depends on the
present procurement program. The job loss and economic effect in the
services, IT and manufacturing industries will be significant to say the
least", said Mauril Bélanger Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier.
"We've been through this before in the procurement of exhibits. We ended
up with one company having a right of first refusal for all projects in
the country. This was unsustainable", he added.

"Though the Minister for Public Works and Government Services is
reported to have put the projected procurement reform on hold for now,
pending further examination, without proper consultation across the
board with representatives of all respective industries, the reform is
bound to do more harm than any cost-cutting good intended. The
Government should be encouraging small Canadian businesses not making
life more difficult for them", concluded Mr. Bélanger.

ACTION ITEM:
We require your immediate assistance in sending this communiqué to your local MP and media and then requesting a meeting or phone interview to discuss the issues raised regarding federal government procurement practices.Contact information for MPs can be retrieved at:http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/SenatorsMembers_house.asp?Language=E&Parl=37&Ses=2&Sect=hoccur