Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at an Ottawa government
One is from Vancouver , another is from Toronto and the third, is from St.
John's, NFLD .
All three go with a Government official to examine the fence.
The Vancouver contractor takes out a tape measure and does some
then works some figures with a pencil. "Well," he says, "I figure the job
will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit
The Toronto contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I
can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100
profit for me.
"The NFLD contractor doesn't measure or figure, but leans over to the
government official and whispers, "$2,700."
The official, incredulous, says, "You didn't even measure like the other
guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?" The NFLD contractor
whispers back, "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from
Toronto to fix the fence."
"Done!" replies the government official.
And that, my friends, is how government contracting works !
And it's the same which ever country or state you may be in.
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