Flags bought on behalf of Ontario politicians to be made here, not in China
at 22:46 on March 27, 2009, EDT.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO - Ontario and Canadian flags purchased for politicians must now be made in Canada and preferably in the province.
Speaker Steve Peters issued a directive Friday stating all Ontario and Canadian flags bought for members of the provincial legislature must manufactured in Ontario.
Failing that, they must be made in Canada, he said.
The opposition parties were in an uproar last week after learning that the government's procurement office was buying Ontario flags from China.
Members of the legislature each have a $1,000 annual budget for Ontario lapel pins and flags, which they order through the procurement office, as they do with most office supplies.
But Peters has made a "small step" in the right direction, said NDP critic Peter Kormos.
"Everything at the Legislative Assembly should be an example of what can be grown, produced or manufactured in the province of Ontario," he said Friday.
The flags cost $13 each when bought from the Chinese company, about $5 cheaper than Ontario-made flags.