Procurement: Public bodies must lead by example, argues QS

Procurement: Public bodies must lead by example, QS supports

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Québec solidaire (QS) believes that public bodies should lead by example by making the effort to buy more products from Quebec suppliers before looking abroad.

“It doesn't make sense. We do advertising campaigns, then we say to Quebecers: “it’s important to buy local” and I agree with that, but who does it start with? ”, wondered aloud Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for Québec solidaire, yesterday.

“It starts with the government, which should lead by example,” he continued, on the sidelines of ad on food waste, in the county of Jean-Talon.

Yesterday, Le Journal told the story of a Quebec furniture manufacturer shocked to see that school centers in his area had preferred to obtain furniture “Made in USA” rather than his own.

” I thanked twenty employees last week because orders fell,” lamented Gilles Berthiaume, CEO of Alpha-Vico.

Au Journal, the manufacturer of the famous orange school chairs said he was disappointed that some school centers were turning their backs on him.

School centers for their part had defended the rigor of the process.

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Recall that last February, Quebec tabled the bill for departments and agencies to buy more locally, putting aside the rule of the lowest bidder.

Three months ago, the Autorité des marchés publics was delighted with the sanction of the bill, which could bring in half a billion $ for businesses here .

Yesterday, the office of Sonia LeBel, outgoing Minister responsible for Government Administration, was unable to comment on the matter.

– With the collaboration oration by Marc-André Gagnon