Procurement ombudsman raises issues about independence, government indifference
By Marco VigliottiSep. 7, 2016
The Liberals' procurement PS, however, says the current structure is working 'quite effectively.'
Acting procurement ombudsman Lorenzo Ieraci says it's 'difficult' for the office he oversees to be perceived as wholly independent when it is legally part of Public Services and Procurement Canada. Photograph courtesy of the Office of the Procurement Ombudsman
The head of the office responsible for mediating disputes between the federal government and suppliers says greater independence would help alleviate concerns about potential departmental interference.
People. Policy. Politics. This is an exclusive subscriber-only story.
‘If it is slanderous or defamatory, then we will be held accountable for that, and we will be held accountable by our electorate, in whether they vote for us again,’ says Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen.
Big-ticket items in the last federal budget of this majority Liberal government include more than $6.2-billion to expand federal financing of rental construction, $1-billion for increasing access to drugs for rare diseas