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WATCH: Province stands by Pan Am security contract
Minister says OPP was in charge of deal
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The province is defending a decision to spend $14 million more on security for the Pan Am Games, after a private U.S.-based firm was chosen to help out the OPP, instead of the cheaper Canadian runner-up.

However, Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi says police made the decision on the $81 million contract, underlining the government didn't play a role.

Naqvi says the OPP know what's needed for security of next summer's event.

But PC Pan Am critic Rod Jackson says he doesn't know why the province doesn't at least have a hand in this, claiming the decision to go with an outside firm defies logic.

The NDP are pushing to get the province's Auditor General to review the deal.

However, Naqvi underlines the U.S. firm has more experience in large scale events, such as providing security for the Sochi Olympics.

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The province is defending a decision to spend $14 million more on security for the Pan Am Games, after a private U.S.-based firm was chosen to help out the OPP, instead of the cheaper Canadian runner-up.

However, Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi says police made the decision on the $81 million contract, underlining the government didn't play a role.

Naqvi says the OPP know what's needed for security of next summer's event.

But PC Pan Am critic Rod Jackson says he doesn't know why the province doesn't at least have a hand in this, claiming the decision to go with an outside firm defies logic.

The NDP are pushing to get the province's Auditor General to review the deal.

However, Naqvi underlines the U.S. firm has more experience in large scale events, such as providing security for the Sochi Olympics.

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