Canada Promises Close Monitoring of Haiti Reconstruction Contract

    The Conservative government of Canada pledged that it will closely monitor the USD11.7 million contract it awarded to an Alberta firm without a public bidding process, the Globe and Mail says.

    The project involves the construction of a temporary office of the Haitian government, and it was awarded without public tendering to a branch of ATCO Ltd., the Globe and Mail learned from a Canadian Press report. News agencies have noted that ATCO has three Conservative government donors as directors.

    Opposition parties, Globe and Mail says, are unconvinced by the Conservative government’s assurance.

    “This is a slap in the faces of Canadians who opened their hearts and their wallets to help Haiti,” the Paul Dewar of the New Democrat Party said.

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