Betting on the private sector

British Columbia Lottery Corp. wants to develop "strategic alliances" with the private sector, tapping a company headed by Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment Corp.'s ex-business development vice-president Leila Bell-Irving to do that work. In a document posted on the government's procurement Website late Friday, the corporation quietly announced its intent to directly award that one-year contract to BGE Corp., which will classify and prioritize those alliance opportunities.

Ms. Bell-Irving was also formerly the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority's regional health enterprises president, Northwest Arena Corp.'s marketing vice-president and the sales and sponsorship director for B.C. Pavilion Corp. She is married to Supreme Court of British Columbia Justice Christopher Grauer and was a member of Vancouver 2010 Bid Corp.'s board of directors.

The following is a complete copy of that notice of intent.

British Columbia Lotteries Corp. strategic alliance services notice of intent

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I call BS on this one.

There simply is no justification for this direct award. The requirements for 10 years experience and the track record are made up solely to justify giving the award to the person they already decided will get it. (That's how the fix is done folks) They could just as easily have 5 or even 2 years direct experience and open it up and have a COMPETITIVE award - probably at a cheaper rate too.

The sad part is - you, a lowly citizen cannot complain about this. The government is only interested in hearing from corporations/companies that feel that they could be a viable firm to do the work.

I also have to note with no small amount of irony that organizations advertisement in the previous story that they are opposed to making information available to the public. Neat way to get around having to publish RFP documents!

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