The municipalities must implement management policiesBy Stéphane Sansfaçon
With the allegations and accusations brought to light by the media in recent months against certain municipalities, two laws were passed earlier this year, requiring that towns implement measures to help reduce (if not eliminate) influence-peddling and bid rigging and inciting lobbyists to abide by registration and process regulations under the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act .
The policies outline measures against bid rigging and influence-peddling among municipal officials and the individuals who oversee the bid assessment process. The regulations aim to curb intimation, corruption, conflicts of interest and situations that could compromise the impartiality and objectivity of the public bidding process and contract management. A tall order to say the least!
Municipal councils have until December 31st to adopt policies that include regulations for handling bids and granting contracts.
Such policies must be drafted carefully since the sanctions for bidders may include the cancellation of the contract. Lawbreakers may also be banned from bidding on city contracts for a certain period of time.
If a municipal officer or elected official is at fault, he or she may be dismissed and forced to compensate the municipality for any damages incurred.
Our firm makes the Recueil de règlements municipaux published by the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) available to clients. The document provides a complete overview of such policies and discusses their advantages and limitations for small- and medium-sized municipalities.
Municipalities that already subscribe to the publication may obtain it in Word format by sending an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those that have not yet subscribed to the service may do so by contacting the FQM directly at www.fqm.ca.