City followed rules in awarding LRT contract to SNC-Lavalin: auditor

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, November 26, 2019

Senior city staff followed the rules "to the letter" when they picked SNC-Lavalin as winner of the $1.6-billion contract to extend Ottawa's Trillium Line — even though the engineering giant had twice failed to meet the technical threshold for the project, the city's auditor general has found.

"The job of the auditor general is to say what we found, not what someone wanted us to find," Ken Hughes told councillors Tuesday afternoon. "What we found is that the process was followed to the letter."

However, Hughes recommended the city make its procurement process clearer in the future, including making the language in the request for proposals (RFP) public.

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