SQ helicopter: Legault defends the choice of a German rather than a Quebec aircraft

The Premier of Quebec François Legault says he was “shocked” by the purchase for the Sureté du Quebec of a helicopter assembled in Europe rather than in Quebec, but defended the decision of his government by the urgency of the situation .

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“There was a used helicopter that existed at $ 13 million, so almost half that was requested [pour un appareil assemblé à l’usine de Mirabel de l’entreprise Bell Textron] and which was available now, so I think that explains everything, ”the Prime Minister said during question period in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

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The “Journal de Montréal” revealed Wednesday that his government preferred a used German device to replace that of the Sureté du Québec (SQ) which crashed in Lac-Saint-Jean last January while participating in the search for missing snowmobilers.

In the morning, the Minister of the Economy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, affirmed that he would have “preferred” that the Ministry of Transport chose a “local” device. ” [Mais] We have three helicopters to my knowledge in government services, we cannot afford not to have a third, ”he added.

“I think the circumstances were extenuating, I think this is an exceptional situation and I tried to reassure the people at Bell that they love their product and that in a context of a call for offers, as in the past, we have always bought [appareils] Bell, ”he said.

The parliamentary leader of the Parti Quebecois, Pascal Bérubé, however, questioned the fact that the purchase of the German user helicopter was made without a call for tenders, at a cost of $ 13 million.

“It is not normal, it is not the processes that we have adopted, that does not meet our ethical standards, I take exception,” he declared.

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