TO The Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS The Ontario Government has announced that it will spend $40 million dollars to replace the Pelee Islander ferry vessel and,
WHEREAS The winning bid announced by the Ministry of Transportation was from a ship building company from Chile and,
WHEREAS Southwestern Ontario has lost 300 000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade and,
WHEREAS Hike Metal Products Ltd is a local company capable of building the ferry and employs local workers, but was disqualified from bidding
WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
That the Government of Ontario revisit the process of pre-qualification and tendering of this project and halt the awarding of this contract until Hike Metals Ltd has been given a chance to put in a formal tender.