Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, following up from my colleague, the honourable Member for Yellowknife Frame Lake, yesterday in his statement, my honourable colleague stated that he was "shocked" with regard to the awarding of a tender. Mr. Speaker, I have reviewed a few tenders and I must say that I am quite appalled at the way the tenders are being awarded. Mr. Speaker, I want to give a few examples to this House with respect to the awarding of tenders and the methods being used, which I can't understand.
First of all, I will speak to the electrical contract which was awarded and received by Clark-Bowler and DPW in December. There were four bids on the electrical contract: First, the electrical contractor, Standard Electric; Amity Electric; F-S One Call; and, ADCO North.
It was decided that Standard Electric's bid was non-responsive. The second lowest bidder was F-S One Call. However, they decided to withdraw their contract because they had left something out of their tender document. The local steering committee, which I commend for all of the volunteer work that they have done, requested DPW and Clark Bowler to consider giving the tender to a local company in Fort Smith, who was Amity Electric. Amity Electric's suggested tender bid was $445,000 and planned to use fully local content.
However, ADCO North was awarded the bid for $438,000 and planned to use only $157,000 local content. So, it was decided to award the tender, by DPW and Clark-Bowler to ADCO North because it was $7,000 lower than the local contractor Amity Electric, even though Amity Electric was going to use $288,000 more local content. The recommendation from the steering committee was denied because the local contractor was $7,000 more and ADCO North was awarded the contract from Yellowknife.
Mr. Speaker, I seek unanimous consent to continue with my Member's statement.