The Premier is standing behind his Infrastructure Minister surrounding an ombudsman report on the controversial purchase of flood-fighting equipment.
According to the report, Steve Ashton acted improperly in the proposed plan to buy the five million dollar Tiger Dams in 2014 from a company connected to a friend.
Greg Selinger told reporters on Thursday, Ashton has “received a lesson on how to do things properly”.
“You can disagree with your administration on something,” Selinger said. “But, at the end of the day – the administration has a job to make sure things are done properly; the minister has a job to make sure that community needs are responded to and we then take both of those perspectives into account and do things properly.”
The ombudsman expressed concern that the proposed deal was made without calling for bids from multiple contractors or looking at other equipment.
In the end, the contract was never awarded after the First Nations at risk decided to take their case to the federal level. The ombudsman report also shows the province never actually broke any rules either.
But, it neither clears nor condemns the government in the controversy.