Ottawa Citizen - - Canada -

A com­pany in Que­bec has been awarded $133,486,868 in sole­sourced fed­eral or­ders to man­u­fac­ture PPE even though it didn’t have a fac­tory in Canada. AMD Medi­com Inc. was given the 10-year con­tract and some MPs are now de­mand­ing to see the terms of the con­tract, according to Black­lock’s Re­porter. Jo­ce­lyn Bam­ford, pres­i­dent of the Coali­tion of Con­cerned Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Busi­nesses of Canada, asked the Com­mons Gov­ern­ment Op­er­a­tions Com­mit­tee if com­pa­nies had the same op­por­tu­nity to “pro­duce per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment and sell it, or is the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pick­ing win­ners and losers,” Medi­com re­ceived an ini­tial $19,922,868 con­tract to ship masks from its fac­to­ries in Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia, as well as China, Tai­wan and France. On April 26 it was given a $93,564,000 con­tract to make masks in Que­bec but it closed its last Cana­dian plant in 2019. Medi­com has since re­ceived a $4 mil­lion loan from the Gov­ern­ment of Québec to build a fac­tory in Mon­tréal and the con­trac­tor hired was SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

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