The contractor responsible for clearing the snow and ice from the QEW is facing a pair of hefty fines for failing to provide adequate services during two snowstorms in 2014.
The Ontario Government is fining Carillion $500,000 for non-compliance with regards to a snowfall that hit the GTA on November 19, 2014. Despite a dump of 5 cm of snow that day, Carillion failed to spread salt and sand on the QEW in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga, creating hell for thousands of motorists.
Carillion was also find $400,000 for failure to respond properly to a storm in December of 2014 (likely the dump of snow that hit Ontario on December 11)
“I think all of our contractors right across the province do understand,” Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said. “They themselves drive our roads, they have employees who drive our roads, and they have family members who drive our roads. They get it.”
Opposition parties are pointing the finger of blame at the Liberals, as they decided to change their road maintenance program back in 2009, going with contractors who provided the lowest bids in an effort to save money.
Carillion has been in similar trouble before. Carillion was one of 20 contractors fined for not meeting maintenance standards during the winter of 2013-14. Fines in that case were not disclosed to the public. (That story HERE.)
Do you think the Liberal Government deserves the majority of the blame for these repeated failures? They’re the ones who approve the maintenance contracts, so why haven’t Carillion and other rule-breaking contractors been fired? Is it wise to go with the lowest bid?
Read the report put together by CTV News HERE.