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CBC Montreal - Bombardier granted huge Montreal metro deal | Thursday, May 11th, 2006

CBC Montreal - Bombardier granted huge Montreal metro deal

I'm not sure how I feel about this:

The government has granted the contract to replace Montreal's aging fleet of subway cars to Bombardier.
The Charest government announced Thursday afternoon that it has given
the $1.2-billion contract to Quebec-based Bombardier without a public
tender.

On the one hand, no-competition handouts frighten me, and remind me of the lobbyist / crony / congress circus that's setup up in th US, with government contracts going out to corporate buddies (see Halliburton, etc).

On the other hand, it makes sense that the contract to update Montreal's subways should go to a local company and the tax dollars should get reinvested into the local economy.