City defends process that awarded SNC-Lavalin LRT contract

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, March 22, 2019

City officials are defending the process that awarded SNC-Lavalin the contract to extend and maintain Ottawa's north-south Trillium Line, even though the Montreal-based company failed to meet the minimum technical threshold to win the light rail bid.

"It was approved by the fairness commissioner, approved unanimously by the selection committee, and most importantly it's the best deal for taxpayers," Mayor Jim Watson said Friday, the same day CBC News reported the development.

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