Opponents of the Conservative government’s crime Bill C-10 were justified to argue that private companies would profiteer from the new jail system the legislation proposed for Canada.
On Tuesday, the Canadian Press reported that a Toronto-based construction company, Bird Construction Inc., has been awarded the contract to build the $38.5-million North East Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Nova Scotia. The 200-bed facility is due to open in 2014.
Turns out there’s a connection between the company and Enbridge Inc.: a man named J. Richard Bird, who also has a strong connection with the federal government. The 62-year old Harvard Business School and University of Toronto graduate served as a member of the Minister of Finance’s Advisory Committee on Financing from 2009 to early 2010.
Canada’s CFO of the Year in 2010 holds multiple high level portfolios with Enbridge, the company that occupies ground zero in the ongoing debate over Alberta’s vast oil sands.
– Read the entire article at Canadian Progressive World.
[Picture above: Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry, accompanied by senior corrections officers, holds a drawing of a new 100-cell jail after a news conference in Thorburn, N.S. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Photo by Andrew Vaughan, The Canadian Press.]