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Tyee Poll: Should Companies Facing Charges Be Allowed to Bid on Government Contracts?

Multiple companies are currently bidding to build a $1.4-billion replacement for the Pattullo Bridge across the Fraser River. One of them is SNC-Lavalin, the company at the centre of political scandal currently blowing its way through Ottawa.

Premier John Horgan noted that the company hadn’t been convicted of anything yet, and so it is free to bid on the project, at least until more is known. “We’re going to be cautious, of course, but I’m not going to eliminate them as a potential successful bidder because of allegations in another jurisdiction,” he said.

Horgan said that SNC-Lavalin will be treated like any other company in the bidding process and that as long as the company makes the best bid for the project and meets “the requirements of the people of British Columbia,” it could be successful.

We're wondering what you, the people of British Columbia, think: Should companies facing criminal charges like SNC-Lavalin be allowed to bid on government contracts?

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Please note that Tyee Barometer polls are only intended as a quick and engaging non-scientific snapshot of our readers' opinions on various topics that fit with The Tyee's very broad editorial mandate. They are not intended to be seen as a representative sampling of BC opinion.

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