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Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 9:13
Mr. Chair, I think I cannot comment on a specific case like that. We looked at the design of the program at the time of the audit, simply, and we determined that the approach would not facilitate value for money.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 9:14
Mr. Chair, again, I would say that we looked only at the design of the program. It was among the criteria design determined by the department at the time that they would not focus really solely on value for money, but they had other criteria to make decisions.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 9:14
I would submit, Mr. Chair, that the audit was designed to look at value for money, and it's what we looked at. We concluded on this thing.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 9:15
Mr. Chair, I would say that our main concern about this was that, in some cases, private funds could have been spent anyway despite the program. Because the program existed, the private funds took advantage of that.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 9:31
Mr. Chair, at the time of the audit the department was provided with a set amount of money that was, from its perspective—and I think we can share that perspective—not enough to meet the needs of Canadians.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 9:58
Mr. Chair, I think it's a move in the right direction, according to what we heard from ISPs, the small Internet service providers. They raised this issue that they don't have the financial and technical capacity to provide the service or to bid on auctions for large tiers such as tiers two, three and even four. I think it's a step in the right direction to look at the tier 5 kind of size to allow small providers to participate.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 10:11
Mr. Chair, one of the concerns we had at the time of the audit was that the priorities made under the connect to innovate program were not made public. The areas that would be considered first were not made public, so we had cases where local groups made some proposals, business cases, but they didn't know that in their province it was almost always determined that another area would get the funding first.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 10:14
It was not something that we considered in the audit, Mr. Chair.
Philippe Le Goff
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Philippe Le Goff
2019-02-21 10:26
Sure. I would add to what has just been said that there was no mechanism in the design of the program to verify whether the project would have been funded by the private sector at a lower cost.
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