One of the more disturbing findings of the Auditor General’s report is that even when it was clear that privatization was more expensive the government still privatized highway maintenance work.
“Selling controlled substances is a dangerous business,” said Thomas. “It’s why the government should focus its efforts and invest in properly-trained security." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
A report from the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy found that privatization of prison food services led to an increase in inmate theft, trafficking, and gang activity.
"Ontario spends far less per person on public services than any other province and that is partly because individuals and businesses in Ontario pay less income and corporate tax." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Thomas notes there is a lot of stress in higher education and many students with mental health concerns depend on the counselling.
“It’s strange that on the one hand, the government is asking MLL to generate more profit, while on the other hand taking away the corporation’s ability to do that by sending more profit to private retailers."— Michelle Gawrornsky, MGEU President
“We’ve looked at the cold hard numbers, and they show that privatization has made liquor more expensive for Saskatchewan people." — Bob Stadnichuk, Chair of SGEU’s Retail/Regulatory Bargaining Committee
"From tax fairness and labour rights, to keeping the blood supply public, to fighting for good pensions or more long-term care beds, these are all issues that need a common voice and a common front to ensure they are protected." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The benefits of direct public ownership in the cannabis industry are becoming clear: New Brunswick, with only 65 per cent of Saskatchewan’s population, expects to bring in roughly $10 million in revenue from cannabis taxes and retailing profits this year. Saskatchewan will only see half of that, all of it from taxes.
“It means giving business more opportunities to push alcohol sales at a great cost to the health and safety of our kids and communities. It’s a ploy to help private retailers increase their profits at the expense of public welfare." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President