Globe Awards and Promotions, a company of fewer than 15 workers in Ottawa, had received the bid for the Queen’s Jubilee Pins. So they subcontract the work to China and have the lapel pins created overseas. It seems based on the tone of the article that people were surprised that this was the case.
Now, I know this is Canada, but in the United State, most companies cannot afford to produce quantities of 300,000 pins in a short period of time. The government says that they want to bring jobs back to the United States, however, after all of the regulation, taxes and surcharges that have to be paid, how are they going to remain competitive? The article talks about that Globe Awards and Promotions was the lowest bidder. If everyone wanted the pins produced in Canada, then I am sure that would be included in the bid. They were simply trying to be the lowest bidder and get the bid, as any business would do.
You can read the full article here:
Queen’s jubilee pins being made in China
Edmonton Journal, on Sat, 10 Mar 2012 01:07:44 -0800
Lapel pins created to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and handed out by the federal government are made in China. The approximately 300000 pins, specially made to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, were contracted out to a small Ottawa …
Next time the government want to create lapel pins or any items for that matter, they should specify where they want it made, and if they want it made in Country, then they should expect to pay a lot more then they want.
That is just my two cents!