Ignorance is bliss?

"I won't be doing any spots or having any polls, because I'm not paying any pollsters. I'm not hiring folks to tell me what you're thinking or how to get at you." So said fictional politician Fred Picker in the movie Primary Colors. But that approach hasn't worked so well for the non-fictional Campbell administration - where polling has been a comparatively rare exercise. Nevertheless, last week, the provincial government notified companies they would be establishing a "List of Qualified Suppliers to provide strategic advice and counsel to the B.C. Public Affairs Bureau and ministry staff on all aspects of opinion research services."

"Pre-qualification lists will be developed for two types of service requirements: a) Qualitative Focus Group work; and b) Quantitative Opinion Research work." Of course, this isn't the first time such a list has been compiled. Back in November 2002, the government posted a similar notice on BC Bid. So could this new request for qualified suppliers be an indication the Campbell administration is planning making public opinion research a bigger part of their politicking? Unlikely, say those familiar with the process - despite the fact the West Annex is flying blind on a lot of issues. The following is a complete list of firms presently qualified to do such research for the government, as well as copy of the aforementioned request.

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Qualitative public opinion and market research consultants

CGT
Market Facts Marktrend
Strategic Initiatives

Quantiative public opinion and market research consultants

NFO CF Group
Venture Research

Qualitative/quantitative public opinion and market research consultants

AMD
Environics
Ipsos
Joan McIntyre Market Opinion Research
McIntyre Mustel
North Star
Polara Strategic Public Opinion and Market Research
R.A. Malatest
Western Opinion Research

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For more information contact:
Lowe, Liz
Procurement Specialist
Purchasing Services
102 - 548 Michigan Street
PO Box 9476 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
V8W 9W6
Phone:
Fax: 1 250 387-7309
Email: pcadmin@gov.bc.ca

Summary Details:
September 15, 2006

Addendum No. 3 has been posted with this RFQ, and may be found under the "Supplier Attachments Exist" icon.

September 14, 2006

Addendum No. 2 has been posted with this RFQ, and may be found under the "Supplier Attachments Exist" icon.

September 13, 2006

Addendum No. 1 has been posted with this RFQ, and may be found under the "Supplier Attachments Exist" icon.

The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to establish a List of Qualified Suppliers to provide strategic advice and counsel to the B.C. Public Affairs Bureau and ministry staff on all aspects of opinion research services.

The Public Affairs Bureau (PAB) is a central agency of government whose mandate is to lead and co-ordinate communication initiatives at the direction of Cabinet. One of its responsibilities is managing all government opinion research. PAB monitors and co-ordinates ministry opinion research to ensure cost effectiveness and compliance with government objectives and policy guidelines. PAB approval is to be obtained prior to contracting for opinion research by the Province.

Pre-qualification lists will be developed for two types of service requirements:
a) Qualitative Focus Group work; and
b) Quantitative Opinion Research work.

Respondents are expected to clearly identify in their Responses the type of service they are submitting for: Qualitative Focus Group work, Quantitative Opinion Research work or both.

Based on the review of the RFQ Responses, the Province intends to establish a List of Qualified Suppliers who, on an "as, if and when requested" basis, may be contacted directly, or asked to compete, to enter into Contract(s) for provision of the services described in section 4. Qualified Suppliers will be expected to conduct services in various locations throughout the Province.

The List of Qualified Suppliers will be in place for a period of three years with two one-year options to extend this period at the Province's sole discretion.

2 Comments

Sean: Ignorance ain't bliss, nope, no way. Wondered if, with your ear to the ground, your eye on the ball, your nose to the grindstone and your hand on the tiller, you can answer this question:

Were Basi, Virk, Basi, their lawyers, the Special Prosecutor, and Judge Elizabeth Bennett in BC Supreme Court yesterday (18 Sept)? Like they were supposed to be?

You may not believe this, but after I asked her this morning, the Editor-in-Chief of Victoria Times Colonist told me that yes, there was a Basi, Virk hearing in Supreme Court yesterday, yes they had a reporter in attendance, that gee, "nothing happened" but that "when any news happens, we'll publish it."

When you consider that the hearing was intended only for some pre-trial motions concerning documents and trial dates, this caused my thinking cap to jump clean off my head and hit the ceiling ... !!

I mean to say, do Basi, Virk, Basi, their lawyers and the Spcial Prosecutor have all their documents in order?

More's the point: if so, did they agree to go ahead with the Dec. 4 trial date? Or a different date? Or did they all get naked and roll around on the floor punching one another out? (Just a thought.) Or what does it take, to be "news" these days?

If you'd like to check that TC letter:
http://bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com/

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