For governments, trying to transfer the risk of delays in construction or cost overruns to the private sector with a P3 privatization scheme is like gambling in a casino. You might come away a bit richer, but there’s a much, much better chance you’ll lose money.
“If we can’t trust grocers to sell bread, why should we trust them to act responsibly when it comes to the sale of a controlled substance like alcohol?” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Privatization, equality rights, and good jobs are front-and-centre for NBU/NUPGE this year.
“The collapse this week of the privatization giant Carillion is just one more painful reminder that privatization can’t be trusted, and we can’t trust people like Clark who continue to push privatization." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“That people with extensive experience of both publicly controlled and privatized services want to reverse privatization is a damning indictment of privatization.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"His policy will put more people at risk, it will drive jobs out of our rural communities and unilateral decisions like this do nothing to bring integrity back to government.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“This is a clear sign that privatization doesn’t work. It’s ineffective. It’s overpriced. And as we’re learning today, it’s totally unreliable. This is another example of failed privatization taking more money out of the pockets of Ontarians." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
The failure of Carillion is yet another example of how the myth that P3 privatization schemes save the public money by transferring risk to the private sector doesn't reflect reality.
“By creating a subsidiary entity of Alberta Health Services (AHS) covering lab services province-wide, this government has created a further division in public health care in Alberta." — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President, and laboratory technologist
"Thank you so much!!! to the thousands of individual concerned citizens who called or emailed your own MPP, or the Minister's office, or the Premier. We know that your efforts made a huge difference." — Ontario Health Coalition