October 24, 2021

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Calls for tenders | The government is considering imposing environmental standards

Calls for tenders |  The government is considering imposing environmental standards

(Quebec) The Legalt government plans to impose environmental standards on calls for tenders.


Patrice Bergeron
The Canadian Press

Treasury Board President Sonia Label made the same point in a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.

She said these criteria would be taken into account in a future bill.

“We are working on it with the option of tabling a possible bill,” Mr said.To me Label.

Jonquier, an environmental spokeswoman, answered questions from a PQ member for Sylvain Goudralt.

Are these the binding criteria that must be included in any call for tenders? It is not specified.

Mr Goudralt said many of the criteria could be considered environmental, recalling that countries such as California, Illinois, European regions, as well as France, have already taken advantage of these regulations.

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Goudralt cited examples of standards that could be cited in government calls for tenders.

The product needs to be made with renewable energy.

Or, we may favor local production to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions emitted during the production transport phase.

In the case of food purchases, the product must be organic or free of genetically modified organisms.

Furthermore, the PQ member assures us that the inclusion of these standards will be in line with the international trade agreements that Quebec is committed to.

Bill 67 on Municipal Affairs, which is currently under consideration, is already opening its doors. If adopted, MRCs and municipalities will be allowed to issue calls for tenders with environmental standards.

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“Will these officers take advantage of this opportunity? Mr. Goudralt asked. This is another matter. ”

The Jonquier member wants the Quebec government to set an example in the forthcoming bill on its supply, thereby further limiting the use of environmental requirements.