Bombardier Benefits From Bonheur
QUEBEC CITY (SLINGS AND ARROWS) – Quebec Premier Jean Charest is being bombarded by critics for by-passing a formal tendering process and introducing a special bill in the legislature that would award a $1.22 billion contract for subway cars to Quebec firm Bombardier.
The move comes at a time when the provincial government is facing allegations of irregular judicial appointments, making deals with Quebec’s construction industry and a cover-story in Maclean’s magazine about Quebec being the most corrupt province in Canada.
“We don’t need no stinking contracts,” hissed the premier.
When reporters inquired if this didn’t add to the province’s corrupt image, Charest replied “We’re no more corrupt than Newfoundland. And on that Premier Williams has assured me.” Premier Williams could not be reached for comment.
A rival bidder, Spain’s CAF -Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. -says it can build identical cars for $1.43 million each resulting in an overall price tag of about $550 million less.
“We don’t care about that,” said Charest. “The Bombardier deal will bring jobs to La Pocatiere.” Reporters at the announcement were left scratching their heads over just where La Pocatiere was until it dawned on them it was the late MLA Claude Bechard’s riding where a by-election would soon be held.
“And Bombardier has offered to build the subway cars in the shape of our provincial symbol” beamed Charest “Le Bonhomme! What could be better than that! Try topping that maudit Toronto!”