Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are driving privatisation on a global scale. They pose a very real threat to public sector services and may even prevent attempts to re-nationalise when privatisation fails.
“Why would we start from scratch like this when Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries already has the infrastructure, expertise and proven dedication to social responsibility as well as a track record of managing the sale of a controlled substance safely and responsibly?” — MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky
"Treating social and public health services like they’re just another option for an investment portfolio is risky for everyone." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“As expected, privatization means that protecting the environment takes a back seat to maximizing profits.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"i didn't even know all these professions existed, but these people, amazing people gave me my life back."
“The subsidies that privatization schemes like social impact bonds require are eating up funds that could be spent on front-line services Manitobans need.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Stopping that P3 hospital isn't just a major victory for Australians, it's a major victory for everybody around the world who understands that public equals better." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The vote by British doctors linking the crisis in health care to privatization should be a wake-up call for those who believe privatization will solve the problems of underfunding.” — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“People in Grey County pay their fair share of taxes, and they deserve high-quality, public long-term care right in their communities.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Cutting living-wage jobs isn’t good for Saskatchewan families or the economy. It does not spur growth. It is likely to result in government having to spend more to support low-wage workers through our social safety net.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President