Four bidders were shortlisted July 20: Exel, ContainerWorld, Kuehne+Nagel and Metro Supply Chain Group. It was supposed to be a list of three, but there apparently was a third-place tie in the merit points rankings. The rankings were not released.
Read my story in Business in Vancouver here. I asked a Schenker executive if he felt the process was fair. He said it was “very straightforward,” but refused to say whether it was fair.
Listen to Minister Margaret MacDiarmid’s teleconference above. She was peddling the usual government line about the importance of the role of the fairness monitor, George Macauley. NDP critic Shane Simpson found in June that Macauley is really powerless. He is not a referee, but an observer. Big difference.
You’ll hear me questioning MacDiarmid about whether Exel and ContainerWorld are really bidding independently and whether the government is doing anything to ensure that is so. I tried to get her “off-message,” to get a real answer. Not political spin. It was obvious that she came better-prepared to handle an agitator after being embarrassed July 12 by Vaughn Palmer’s grilling, which you can hear here.
Mr. Chrismas has not responded to my phone calls or emails.
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