"[Ontarians] understand that there’s no reason to pay a premium to private contractors through this infrastructure bank when the government can borrow at historically low rates." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Polling shows how unpopular and costly privatizing public services is, but Ontario government continues to push forward with privatization projects.
"We would ask the federal and all provincial governments and territories to follow Quebec and Ontario's lead in prohibiting for-profit corporations that pay for blood and plasma donations." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“The Ministry of Justice is making a decision that will definitely reduce security in our courts, based on the assumption that it will save some small, unknown amount of money.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
“This is not what the founders of medicare had in mind. They sought a universal, publicly-funded health care system, and SIBs undermine that principle.” — Lucy Morton, Chair of OPSEU's Health Care Divisional Council
"Allowing a pay-for-donation plasma collection centre to open in Moncton is a step backward for the healthcare system both in our province and the country as a whole." — Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President
"This move means less money for the government to pay for public services. It means reduced social responsibility when it comes to the sale of alcohol. And with the increased availability of alcohol, it means higher health and social costs.” — Denise Davis, OPSEU Chair, Liquor Board Division
As the federal government considers privatizing 8 Canadian airports, NUPGE President says, “If you’re afraid to even use the word privatization, how on earth can you even pretend it's good public policy?"
The labour ministries in Ontario and Alberta have received a total of 155 complaints from workers owed money by Addiction Canada, or its predecessor company, Vita Novus. Workers in Ontario are owed $516,821, while workers in Alberta are owed $75,873.
SGEU/NUPGE has made recommendations to the review advisory panel, stressing the vital role health workers play in providing quality care to patients, residents and families.