When a Windsor surveying firm loses in its bid for a provincial contract worth up to $300,000, company officials cry foul.


Doug Williamson, The Windsor Star

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2008
 
A Windsor firm which lost out on a provincial contract worth up to $300,000 to survey properties being bought along the proposed new border route is crying foul, saying it believes its bid was just as qualified and probably less expensive than the winning proposal by a London company.
 
"We were basically window dressing -- it's very much the old boy, crony club," said Roy Simone, co-owner of Verhaegen Stubberfield Hartley Brewer Bezaire Inc., the largest land surveyor west of London. "The London firm has done a lot of MTO (ministry of transportation) work, and that worked to their advantage," Simone said Thursday.