On Monday, I wrote about a proposal from councillor Dawn Sloane to create a "buy-local" policy
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
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
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.