Mr. Speaker, with respect to the hon. gentleman's preamble, once again he insists on misstating the facts.
The contractual arrangement with Earnscliffe preceded the existence of the government in 1993. There were two short term extensions of that contract while the Department of Public Works was arranging a new competitive process. When that process was finally available in the latter part of 1994, the contract was again fully competed and on a competitive basis Earnscliffe won the award.