Coverage of tragic deaths due to drug overdoses in British Columbia makes it clear that for many families public services are the only option. Even in desperate situations, the high cost of private services puts them beyond the reach of low-and middle-income families.
A recent Toronto Star article on companies getting government contracts even though they have broken the law is a good illustration of what happens when transparency and accountability are lost due to privatization.
Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk's revelation on Dec. 9, 2014, that privatization has cost the province more than $8 billion should come as no surprise: she's the third Ontario auditor general in a row to debunk claims that P3 privatization schemes save money.
The vital services Canadians rely on every day are best delivered by the public sector. Canadians have witnessed and experienced the damage privatization does. That’s why corporations no longer call it privatization. They invent flowery new names like Social Impact Bonds, Social
Financing and Competitive Neutrality to dress up their smash and grab tactics.
In an article published in the Globe and Mail earlier this year, public administration expert Donald Savoie argued that running government like a business has failed. The number of public employees serving the public has dropped, while the number managing processes has increased. He argues the failure reflect the very different role the public and private sectors are expected to play.