WATCH: Province stands by Pan Am security contract

Minister says OPP was in charge of deal

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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  1. Frankie posted on 03/26/2014 03:21 PM
    The province also stands by allowing natives to beat citizens while the OPP watches, steal $ 1 billion, waste billions on health, all-day kindergarten which has been proven to be a waste of money, lying on a daily basis, costing taxpayers billions in wasted energy costs over the next 3 decades, etc.

    They also stand by the real premier, Andrea Horvath and her NDP, so what would you expect?
  2. don was right posted on 03/26/2014 08:47 PM
    So we are paying teh americans 30 percent more ( and probbaly in US dollars as well) rather than hiring a local company. And you thought it was fun to laugh at Putin and Sochi? Welcome to toronto.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 03/27/2014 09:03 AM
      @don was right And here I thought that the Liberals were all about Canadian jobs...
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