06/22/2015 11:06 EDT | Updated 06/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Opposition concerned New Brunswick plow contract went to Quebec company

FREDERICTON - The Opposition Progressive Conservatives in New Brunswick are raising concerns over the awarding of a contract for snow plows to a Quebec company instead of one from New Brunswick.Government services critic Brian MacDonald says the government had the option to give the contract for 27 plows and 30 wings to Craig Manufacturing of Hartland even though their bid was slightly higher than the winning bid from Quebec.In a letter that has been circulated on social media, Craig Manufacturing owner Ben Craig says his bid was only $60 higher per plow.Craig declined an interview request but says he has been contacted by the premier's office to try to arrange a meeting.MacDonald says the New Brunswick government also increased the order from the Quebec company with another 10 plows.No one from the New Brunswick government was immediately available for comment.