February 15, 2008
News: Poacher Gets Management Contract
By Scott Bestul
From the Globe and Mail:
Quebec Natural Resources Minister Claude BÈchard said his hands were tied when it came to awarding more than $320,000 in contracts to count moose and deer to a company run by a convicted poacher.
Government policy requires that contracts be awarded to the lowest bidder, Mr. BÈchard explained yesterday. He said that is why Panorama Helicopter won the contract even though its owner, AndrÈ Martel, was found guilty last Dec. 17 of using one of his helicopters to poach moose.