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Conservatives question contract for veterans job placement

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Published on March 16, 2019 with No Comments

Two of the three corporations that competed for a federal contract to ship job placement companies for Canada’s veterans had been disqualified for “not having ample expertise” — though one among them was doing the work already for Veterans Affairs, leading TV channel has stated. The $10.four million contract ended up going to an Oshawa, Ont.-based firm, Agilec, which in its earlier iteration had finished a whole lot of work for the Ontario authorities beneath then-premier Dalton McGuinty.

The channel claims to has obtained a sequence of paperwork by entry to data laws and carried out a lot of background interviews with present and former authorities officers to reply questions on how the tender went to a comparatively unknown firm with no nationwide profile and no workplaces exterior of Ontario.

Conservative MP and ex-veterans minister Erin O’Toole mentioned he’s had his personal hassle getting data from and arranging a gathering with officers from the corporate, which is predicated in a using adjoining to his personal.

He mentioned there was one thing “puzzling” concerning the contract for the reason that starting and asks whether or not there was political interference within the contract course of. “I’d like that query to be answered,” O’Toole is reported to have said, “I want to see an examination of why the responses by the competing corporations had been rejected. I feel the federal government must wants to supply some readability on what occurred right here.”

Provincial public accounts data present the corporate acquired no less than $14.three million in two separate contracts from two totally different departments in its final yr working as Northern Lights Canada.

The veterans division gave Agilec two thumbs up, saying it has handled a better than anticipated variety of veterans looking for job placement.

“Agilec was, and continues to be, ready to supply companies to those purchasers,” Alex Wellstead, a spokesman for Veterans Minister Lawrence MacAulay is reported to have said. As of mid-January, greater than 300 veterans had gone by the system out of the 1,250 which have been authorized. Wellstead mentioned the corporate has not had “any points offering companies to veterans and their spouses.”

 

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