As long as the federal government continues to take a hands-off approach to the economy and to use P3s and other privatization schemes, there is a good possibility we will see a repeat of the SNC-Lavalin scandal. What’s needed is a change in direction.
“Kenney’s ideology is that it’s okay for the man in the Rolls-Royce to drive to the front of the health care line and force the rest of us to wait longer, even for vital, life-saving care." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“Shuffling bureaucratic deck chairs won’t help patients. The Ford plan is taking a heavy-handed, top-down approach that will take billions of health care dollars from frontline patient care.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Children and families need stability and help they can count on, not the headache of financial forms, or the struggle to find good workers, or the despair of not having enough money to get the treatment they need." — Deb Gordon, Chair of OPSEU’s Children’s Treatment Sector
Low- or middle-income Canadians who falsely claim too much from government programs will find themselves in court faster than you can say “P3 privatization scheme,” but large corporations walk away with millions and barely get a slap on the wrist.
In the MUHC P3 case, the secrecy surrounding privatization schemes may have been the getaway car that allows those responsible for paying the bribe to escape.
“Government by chaos is no prescription for Ontario’s health.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“What we actually need is an immediate increase in health care funding to meet the needs of population growth, aging and inflation." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Grey County has just shown us that we can fight for our public services and win.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Those pushing social impact bonds are taking the same approach as those profiting from P3 privatization schemes – focus on the new service being provided and hope it distracts people from the problems with the way it’s being funded.