Service NL Minister Dan Crummel told reporters this morning that the provincial government expects to save around $20 million annually by doing government buying in a smarter way by going around the tendering process, and using requests for proposals instead.
Crummel said he will be looking at things beyond just the lowest dollar-value, the government is working on other factors to save money.
But it looks like the government is going to have to wait a while longer for widespread reform.
The Tories have said for years that the Public Tendering Act is broken and needs to be replaced.
There were some rumours that would be happening this fall, but the best Crummel would say is that the government remains committed to getting it done, eventually.
Crummel said that substantial reform will happen at some point before the 2015 election, but it probably won't be this fall.