The Quebec government will look at more government contracts with open source software and platforms, Quebec Treasury Board President Stéphane Bédard said. In an interview with Les Affaires published Feb. 28, Bédard, a cabinet member of the governing Parti Québécois, said the provincial government is looking at changing its contracting policies where they shut out open source software. “In the short term, we have to better define a place for open source software,” Bédard told Les Affaires. “It is urgent to act. We missed a step. The policy framework was content with laws that had no bearing at the administrative level. We have to see how we integrate them, not just say we'll do it. For me, it’s a priority in the short term.” Les Affaires reported that Bédard is working on a strategic plan for the spring that aims to get away from a dependence on technology provided by software giants and to better define the computing needs of the province before making purchases. The provincial legislature's committee on institutions is also holding a consultation and public hearings on a five-year report of the Commission d’accès à l’information et vie privée à l’heure des choix de société. The deadline for written comments and requests to appear at the hearing is March 30, and the public hearing will start April 9, the committee's website said.