…but the local media makes my life difficult.
I’ve checked every story written recently on the meat-headed idea by the Province to buy 66 kid-sized ATVs. I wanted to see a) who bought them (which was pretty easy: it’s coming out of the Health Promotion Budget, headed by Barry Barnet) and b) who they were bought from.
Part b) is proving to be a difficult question to answer. We know who manufactured them, but not which dealerships they were purchased through. 19 of the ATVs are Bombardier, 18 are Suzuki, 18 are Honda, and 11 are Arctic Cat. That’s nice information to have, but I want to know who made money on this ridiculous idea. Did individual local dealers have any connections to Mr. Barnet? To Mr. MacDonald? This kind of stupid spending can usually be traced to someone (or a group) who has the “ear” of government, and I really want to know if that’s the case with the ATV purchase. Neither the Herald nor the Metro has asked or answered this question.
PS – the purchase does not appear on the NS Procurement website when I use the search term “ATV” (whereas several older ATV purchases do appear).