27 February 2009

HarperCo RFPs favouring Big Business over Small

Corinne Pohlmann, of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, testified yesterday at the HOC Government Operations Committee. She reported to the MPs that

business relations between small business and the government have been steadily going downhill ... [and that] more firms aren't doing business with the government simply because it's too cumbersome and complicated. Others are getting shut out because the government is bundling more work into contracts, which are too big for small firms to bid on.

For example, a group representing Ottawa-area information-technology firms told MPs they would be cut out of billions of dollars in business if the government charges ahead with plans to bundle contracts in four large IT deals that could be worth up to $80 billion over 20 years.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of local economies. We need more of them and less of the monopolizing corporations. Yet the government's bidding process rewards big business - the bigger the better - and punishes small businesses, precisely because of their size.

Read the rest of the article. 'Tis worth reading.

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