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No "buy-local" policy for Halifax

Posted: Jan 25, 2012 10:43 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 25, 2012 10:43 AM ET
On Monday, I wrote about a proposal from councillor Dawn Sloane to create a "buy-local" policy for Halifax.
The issue came up after a Dartmouth firm lost the contract to provide telephone and e-voting services to the city, to a company from Spain.
Sloane wanted staff to create a scoring process that would give preference to local businesses when evaluating bids to provide goods and services to HRM.
On the surface, it seems like something of a motherhood issue. But in reality, it would be difficult to craft a policy that would maintain the tenets of a fair and open bidding process, while getting the best value for taxpayers dollars.
Tuesday night, council decided to not even try.
Sloane's motion was defeated. It wasn't a recorded vote so we don't have a  list of who voted for or against it.
So, while "buy-local" may be an effective ad campaign for local companies, it will have no bearing on their attempts to do business with city hall.
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