Mark Steyn identifies the Canadian Company which got the no-bid contract to build the botched Obamacare web-site. Who knew? They were already famous for their achievements on behalf of the Canadian Government.
CGI is… a Canadian corporate behemoth. Indeed, CGI is so Canadian their name is French: Conseillers en Gestion et Informatique. Their most famous government project was for the Canadian Firearms Registry. The registry was estimated to cost in total $119 million, which would be offset by $117 million in fees. Thatâ€™s a net cost of $2 million. Instead, by 2004 the CBC (Canadaâ€™s PBS) was reporting costs of some $2 billion â€” or a thousand times more expensive.
Yeah, yeah, I know, weâ€™ve all had bathroom remodelers like that. But in this case the database had to register some 7 million long guns belonging to some two-and-a-half to three million Canadians. That works out to almost $300 per gun â€” or somewhat higher than the original estimate for processing a firearm registration of $4.60. Of those $300 gun registrations, Canadaâ€™s auditor general reported to parliament that much of the information was either duplicated or wrong in respect to basic information such as names and addresses.
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