Sault decision to pursue open tendering a positive step forward

December 13, 2017

MPP Harris hopeful landmark vote provides local opportunities to support fair tendering

 Kitchener – Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris hopes a ground-breaking decision by Sault Ste. Marie Council to pursue measures that cut through costly tendering restrictions on municipalities will provide local opportunities to offer support while addressing similar restrictions in Waterloo Region.

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Harris calls for labour review to include open- tendering – Opportunity for Minister to restore fairness, competition and sustainability

Queens Park – Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris used the first day back at the Legislature to call for government’s recently announced labour review to include open-tendering.

Harris wrote a letter to Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, shortly before issuing a statement in the House today asking that the Minister use the review opportunity to, “finally close the legislative loophole that allows a labour monopoly to command local infrastructure tendering.”

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Open Letter to Regional Chair Ken Seiling re. Open Tendering

October 2, 2014

Mr. Ken Seiling
Regional Chair
1st Floor, 150 Frederick Street
Kitchener, ON
N2G 4J3


Dear Ken,

I wanted follow up with you in the wake of the developments and decisions by the Ontario Labour Board deeming the Region a “construction employer”, validating the certification by the Carpenters Union and ensuring closed tendering for local infrastructure.

First allow me applaud the Region’s challenge, and appeal to the Ontario Labour Relations Board in an attempt to both protect taxpayers and maintain a fair and open tendering process for local infrastructure projects.

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Harris calls on Liberals, NDP to support Fair and Open Tendering Act

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris called on the Liberals and the NDP to put aside partisan politics and act in the interests of Ontario municipalities, contractors and taxpayers by voting in favour of Bill 73, the Fair and Open Tendering Act, this afternoon.

“I hope the Liberals and the NDP can agree that the province should no longer stand by while municipalities are forced to fund labour monopolies that prevent thousands of qualified contractors from bidding on public-infrastructure work,” Harris said. Continue reading