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New bill by Ontario Conservatives paves the way to privatization

Despite assurances from the government that they will not use new health restructuring legislation to privatize services, “key sections of Bill 74 are designed to do just that,” warns Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE. “One of those sections explicitly removes reference to keeping hospital and other health services public and not-for-profit.”

Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees

CUPE NS calls for transparency legislation governing public-private partnerships

CUPE Nova Scotia calls for transparency legislation governing ‘public-private partnerships.’ “The recommendations are based on research and discussion coming out of a panel discussion on P3s and transparency held in Halifax on November 13, 2018. ‘We need to stop the drain on our finances, and one of the first steps we can take is to legislate disclosure in reporting how our money is spent,’ says CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen. ‘There should be no secrets when public money is spent on public infrastructure and services.’”

Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees

CUPE is raising concerns about the lack of transparency at Canada’s infrastructure bank

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is raising concerns about the lack of transparency at Canada’s infrastructure bank. “Bank CEO Pierre Lavallée recently told a friendly crowd at the annual conference of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships the bank has looked at 55 potential projects – half of which are unsolicited ideas from corporations designed to feed their bottom lines, not serve the public interest. (…) With work clearly underway behind the scenes, Canadians need full transparency about the bank and the projects it’s considering. The CIB takes aim at our roads, bridges, water and transit systems, and will hand unprecedented control of critical projects to for-profit corporations. As Canadians, we’ve built this infrastructure together. It belongs to us all, and it’s not for sale.”

Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees

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The way forward: Strategic Directions 2017-2019

The Canadian Union of Public Employees set out its strategic plan for 2017-2019 at its national convention, held in early October. “CUPE plays a leading role in fighting for high quality public services and publicly-owned infrastructure, and against privatization through new arrangements like ‘social financing,’ ‘asset recycling,’ ‘leveraging’ through selling off public utilities, and public-private partnerships. We are committed to keeping our members’ pension funds from investing in or profiting from P3s in Canada and anywhere in the world. We will continue to oppose all privatization plans, including the Canada Infrastructure Bank, an institution that will funnel millions in subsidies to corporations banking on large private profits from public infrastructure projects.”

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Back in house: Why local governments are bringing services home

Share this page in your online social circles Share this Jun 2, 2016 Back in house: Why local governments are bringing services home, a new report from the Columbia Institute, is about the emerging trend of remunicipalization. Services that were once outsourced are finding their way back home. Most often, they are coming home because in-house services cost less. The bottom-line premise of cost savings through outsourcing is not proving to be as advertised. The report examines the Canadian environment for local governments, shares 15 Canadian case studies about returning services, follows-up and reports back on two earlier studies promoting contracted out services, provides a scan of international findings, and shares some best practices and governance checkpoints for bringing services back in house.

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Privatization Nation The Canada-wide Failure of Privatization, Outsourcing and Public-Private Partnerships

The Report examines some of the most egregious failures of privatization in the country over the past few years. The report recommends that governments’ adopt much broader criteria when considering the privatization option to ensure that the wider public interest is taken into account. Governments’ should also recognize the growing movement to return formerly privatized assets and services to public control – what has been called “re-municipalization” or “in-sourcing – that has been gaining speed across the globe over the past decade. The report highlights some of the successful re-muncipalization and in-sourcing efforts that have occurred more recently in Canada.