Nothing but a booze portal
Opposition critical government might spend money on PEILCC website upgrades when teachers fighting for jobs
The Opposition charged Tuesday that the province cares more about spending money on a booze portal than saving teachers’ jobs.
The P.E.I. government issued a request for proposals (RFP) last month on upgrades to the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission’s website.
The RFP process closed July 3 with a decision expected next week. The RFP indicates government has budgeted $49,000 (before taxes).
Opposition Leader Steven Myers said government’s priorities are messed up.
“We have a government here which seems struck on getting teachers out of the system. They don’t seem to think they have the money for that yet they have money for a booze portal where they can look up what kind of liquor they sell,’’ Myers told the media following question period in the legislature.
The RFP states the website must be open-source, preferably Wordpress based. Separate from the website development project, there will be maintenance required, including analytics review, reporting and recommendations, ongoing search engine optimization and ongoing content development. The RFP states the new website will not require e-commerce functionality.
The work is anticipated to begin July 20 with the new website launching Nov. 9.
Finance Minister Allen Roach told The Guardian it’s much more than just updating a website.
Roach said the liquor control commission has to bring its technology up to a higher standard; to protect consumers, using credit and debits cards to pay for product, from fraud.
“The system we have is very, very old and doesn’t meet today’s security standards,’’ Roach said. “The payment card industry has a data security standard and it’s proprietary information, a security standard for organizations that handle branded credit cards.’’
Roach said those upgrades will include a website upgrade.
Myers also questioned why government is outsourcing the work and not using its own tech experts to do the work.
“They have the resources. Let’s face it, an eight-year-old could probably figure it out. They have all sorts of people within government that could do it,’’ Myers said. Roach said that isn’t true. “The liquor control commission must be compliant which is not possible through our ITSS shared services which . . . is why we can’t do it internally,’’ the finance minister said. “We don’t have anybody that falls within that industry security standards.’’
Roach also emphasized that government hasn’t spent a dime yet.