Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is calling for a provincial inquiry into the Port Mann Bridge project after a year long CBC News investigation raised questions about the project's oversight. "I was profoundly troubled ... we are not talking about a few tens of thousands of dollars, we are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars ... accounted for in ways that seem very odd," said Weaver. Documents leaked to CBC and six sources close to the project say the B.C.
How do you research a story about the biggest transportation project in B.C. history, when no one attached to the project will speak on the record, and all you have are stacks of jargon-filled documents? That's the problem CBC's Vancouver's investigative unit faced when someone anonymously leaked hundreds of documents last year. The spreadsheets, invoices, meeting notes and reviews suggested taxpayers paid needlessly to speed up construction on the Port Mann Bridge and highway project in 2012.
The B.C. government overpaid millions for the Port Mann Bridge project because there was no rigorous verification of invoicing, timing and completion of work, according to the opinion of six sources at two separate auditing firms and hundreds of documents leaked to CBC News. CBC has also learned that the province ignored some of its own rules around tendering and oversight. And the man B.C.
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Selecting a term
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