After promises of openness and transparency, government proposes a discussion paper that would limit debate and opposition.
“The government’s Fair Elections Financing Act will give the power of governance back to the people and keep big money interests at bay.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
Sadly, however, these changes continue to leave the millions of dollars paid each year to private contractors and Bay Street lawyers hidden in the shadows." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“I can’t believe that after the recent million dollar decision of the McNeil government not to privatize the motor vehicles, land and joint stock registries that [it] would even consider allowing the private sector anywhere near our health care system,” says Danny Cavanagh, NSFL President
“When the Liberals sold off 15 per cent of Hydro One, they removed it from the Sunshine List. Schmidt’s annual salary is $4.6 million — four times what his predecessor made. That’s the price of privatization, I guess." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
When you do business with public bodies and with public funds, you have an obligation to be transparent. These corporations obviously see it a different way and want to put their business interests ahead of the public’s right to know.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
"Kathleen Wynne supported Justin Trudeau when he said he’d sell $15 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia. Now Trudeau is supporting Wynne as she sells off the jewel in Ontario’s crown. They’re both responsible. They’re both answerable." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"Like other privatization schemes, Hydro One privatization will mean we lose control over the service, even though we’re still getting the bill."— James Clancy, NUPGE National President
A National Day of Action to stop the "secret police" Bill, C-51, has been called for March 14. All Canadians are encouraged to get involved.
"The reality is that the merits of privatizations are often oversold," says Financial Post columnist Barry Critchley. "Instead of a real sale, the public, at times, can be left on the hook for any losses, financial or otherwise. In short, those who buy such assets have to be made accountable and government is the only entity that can do that."