Just launched Own it! project gives Saskatchewan people chance to say YES to public services.
“There are people who have been evicted from their apartments because the government rent cheque didn’t come through. I don’t think the Minister understands the magnitude of this. If she does understand, her hard-heartedness is off the scale.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The concern is not about the location of the sales, the concern is who is actually doing the selling," says MADD Canada CEO Andrew Murie said. "Provided these outlets are run by the LCBO and staffed by trained LCBO personnel, with their established commitment and attention to responsible alcohol sales and social responsibility practices, then we do not believe there would be significant risks."
Budget signals start of sell-off of public assets into private hands.
“If Kathleen Wynne thinks this is going to be a cakewalk down the aisle of privatized beer and wine she ought to think again.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The report says that capacity and training ‘are areas requiring attention.' Well, duh! The front-line staff have been saying that since November, and it would not have cost the government $300,000 to listen to them.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
New direct-funding Passport program for people with developmental disabilities is a clear privatization of services.
“We have poured millions of taxpayers’ dollars into a system that is creating real hardship for people who depend on social assistance. At a certain point, we should cut our losses and move on.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“So privatization costs the government more; and this move with beer and wine sales will mean the government takes in less. This is a strange approach in hard economic times." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (17 March 2015) — "The news that the government plans to introduce the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores is troubling in four very distinct ways," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).
While the Canadian Taxpayers Foundation's annual Teddy Waste Awards may overlook $8 billion in extra spending in privatization, the Scammies (Privatization Scam of the Year Awards) won't.