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Industry Voices Op-Ed: Who really benefits from B.C.’s public infrastructure rules?

Earlier this summer, the B.C. government laid out the rules for building billions of dollars-worth of public infrastructure across the province. Future projects are to be built using a framework that’s supposed to boost apprenticeships, promote local hiring and help youth and underrepresented groups get the first crack at good paying construction jobs. But anyone […]

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Paul de Jong: Taxpayer-funded projects should benefit all B.C., not select unions

When plans for big infrastructure projects roll out, they should be guided by the basic principals of public procurement:competition, fairness and value. This op-ed was published on May 3, 2018 for HuffPost Canada. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/paul-de-jong-/taxpayer-funded-projects-should-benefit-all-b-c-not-select-unions_a_23425583/ The B.C. government will soon be announcing how it plans to award contracts for billions of dollars in public construction work. Major infrastructure […]

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Rieghardt van Enter: British Columbians want big infrastructure done right

This article originally appeared in the Vancouver Sun on April 11, 2018* http://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/rieghardt-van-enter-british-columbians-want-big-infrastructure-projects-done-right British Columbia has some big public infrastructure projects coming up — the Pattullo Bridge replacement, new transit lines, potentially a replacement for the Massey Tunnel. They will require billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars to build, and have the potential to help […]

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LTE: Building B.C. should be open to all qualified workers

It’s encouraging that Premier John Horgan believes that contracts to build taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects in B.C. should be awarded to the “best bids.”  While there are no details about what the criteria is, we know what it should be. Fair and open tendering, not union affiliation, should be the principals that guides public-procurement practices across […]

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Op-ed: Is B.C. truly “open for business”? A view from the construction sector

Premier Horgan campaigned on good jobs and a sustainable economy. The mantra was clear: “There will be thousands of good jobs with better wages in every corner of B.C. as we build a sustainable economy.” Now, as the minority NDP government settles into office, comes the inevitable question from the local business community and international […]

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LTE: Mayor Tory Missing the Obvious

Liquor sales, licence plates among tax targets for Toronto’s city manager, Nov. 24 From road tolls to a new hotel tax, the mayor and Toronto city staff claim they’re laying out every option to defray a massive capital-funding shortfall. If that’s the case, why are they overlooking the obvious? Toronto could realize millions in savings […]

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