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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

Privatization of hospital services prevented in New Brunswick

Hospital privatization has been blocked in New Brunswick. The New Brunswick government officially rejected the Sodexo takeover of management of food, cleaning and patient portering services in New Brunswick hospitals. “After petitions, rallies, meetings, citizen advocacy, our efforts to halt privatization have been successful,” said Norma Robinson, President of CUPE 1252, the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions.

Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees

Public money ‘shouldn’t pad profits’

The Ontario NDP, which just became the official opposition on the province, ran its campaign on a promise “to devote government funding solely to not-for-profit providers of public services, signaling a sweeping shift in how government programs are delivered. The NDP has drawn much attention for its pledge to buy back the privatized half of Hydro One, but that's just one way the party aims to diminish the role of private business in the public sector. (…) As well as largely barring profit-making companies from offering taxpayer-funded services, the NDP is vowing to end the private-public P3 projects often used to build hospitals and other infrastructure, and launch the biggest expansion ‘ever seen’ of non-profit community health centers, an alternative to private doctor's offices.” Fred Hahn, Ontario president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, “argued the academic data does unequivocally show social and health services are best provided by not-for-profits. There is a principle at stake, too, he added.”

Source: National Post

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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.