Sole-sourced fi­asco, Part 2?

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A com­pany in Que­bec was awarded $133.5 mil­lion in sole-sourced 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 de­mand­ing to see the terms of the con­tract, ac­cord­ing to a re­port Tues­day by Black­lock’s Re­porter.

“As small and medi­um­sized busi­nesses, we want to know: Does ev­ery­body have the same op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment and sell it or is the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pick­ing win­ners and losers” Jocelyn Bam­ford, pres­i­dent of the Coali­tion of Con­cerned Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Busi­nesses of Canada, told the Com­mons gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions com­mit­tee.

Records show cab­i­net signed its ini­tial agree­ment with AMD Medi­com March 20.

“Dat­ing back to the on­set of the cri­sis and very sig­nif­i­cant ac­tiv­i­ties in the early days to mo­bi­lize, we in the de­part­ment reached out to firms that had the in­ter­est to scale up Cana­dian pro­duc­tion,” said Mitch Davies, se­nior as­sis­tant deputy min­is­ter of in­dus­try. “Medi­com is a Cana­dian-head­quar­tered com­pany that pro­duces per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment and they showed a will­ing­ness to move for­ward on a plan that would meet Canada’s time frame."

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