Supporters of public services will rally outside a major privatization conference on November 6 to highlight a new poll showing that more than two-thirds of Ontarians want to keep their public services public.
Toronto (06 Nov. 2017) — “The evidence is clear: public services cost less and deliver more,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE). “That’s why more than two-thirds of Ontarians with an opinion want strong public services, not more privatization.
Support for public services growing across Ontario through We Own It campaign
“We’re coming out to tell the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships that people in this province aren’t buying what the privatizers are selling — and we definitely don’t want to sell what they want to buy," said Thomas.
A public opinion survey done late last month by Nanos Research on behalf of OPSEU/NUPGE found that 68 per cent of Ontarians somewhat or strongly oppose privatization. A similar poll in December 2016 by Ipsos found that 63 per cent somewhat or strongly oppose privatization.
“The longer we have to suffer from terrible privatizations like what has happened with hydro and Highway 407, the more people recognize the benefits of public services,” said Thomas, whose union launched the We Own It campaign for public services last year.
“More than 42,000 Ontarians have already signed up as supporters of the We Own It campaign,” says Thomas. “During our rally, we’re going to make sure that politicians and privatizers understand that support for public services is strong and growing.”
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE