PC Leader Brian Pallister today challenged the Selinger NDP in the Legislature to come clean with Manitobans and admit his ministers knowingly breached transparency laws surrounding untendered contracts.
PC researchers recently received freedom of information documentation proving that government officials were aware they were breaching the law regarding disclosure of millions of dollars in untendered contacts, going back to 2013.
“After 16 years of stonewalling, awarding contracts to friends and actually breaking transparency laws, Mr. Selinger and his ministers have lost the trust of Manitobans,” said Opposition Leader Brian Pallister.
Government officials were advised by the Department of Finance their departments were in violation of Financial Administration Act Section 80, in a letter dated January 17, 2013.
An assistant deputy minister in the Department of Finance wrote to all deputy ministers in government, “As you know, it is each department’s responsibility to ensure compliance with this legislated reporting requirement. Failure to do so is a breach of statutory responsibility.”
Despite that clear warning the government continued to breach the law until confronted by PC researchers in the fall of 2015.