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S- ' . ' ' - ' ....... ( ' . 1 i . - 20 THE OTTAWA JOURNAL WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 12. 1984 ON ROAD CONTRACTS Denies Knowledge Of Bid Collusion TORONTO A.. T. C McNab. Ontario deputy highway minister, said Tuesday his 'department was unaware of hision "by certain Ontario toad ...rf.rin contractors In their bid for contracts. He also said ia aa interview be had not known the federal restrictive trade practices commission was investigating de partment tenders.-. The commission, in a report released earlier Tuesday ia Ottawa, said contractors in south-central Ontario bad been operating under an agreement to submit fictitious bids to the provincial highways department and municipalities during Jttt. I960 and 1961. ;,-;.: vi ' . CLEAN SHOP ' "We had no indication of this (the investigation) at all. but . we welcome this because we are trying to run a clean shop,' - Mr. McNab. said. He said the - department keeps si ' constant i check on amounts involved in tenders but had noticed nothing suspicious. : When asked whether compan ies named in the report would be allowed to make future bids Mr. McNab aald no decision could be made until the full re port has been received. . ; CITES F1GUIES The commission's report dealt with resurfacing contractors only, be added. The provincial government spends . less than S4M.0M a year out of a me, too. SOO department budget on resurfacing. , .;. ' ' ,. .-. y.... .. j ' In Kingston,' where he is on an' Inspection tour, - Highways Minister Charles MacNaughton welcomed the commission's report and said federal investlga-.ton can count on the complete co-operation of his department. . ' A. , L. Johnson, "" purchasing agent .for Scarborough, a Toronto suburb, said be was not surprised by the report because municipalities encourage shm among contractors and suppliers by using the public ; GROOMS CHALK v SWINSON. 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