Withdraw Schedule 28 from the Ontario Omnibus Budget Bill entirely...


CDNBear
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Withdraw Schedule 28 from the Ontario Omnibus Budget Bill entirely, says community and health advocates

Toronto - The Council of Canadians, Ontario Health Coalition, and the Social Planning Network of Ontario are disgusted by the Ontario government's attempt to hide a massive privatization agenda in the 327paged omnibus budget bill.

"The Finance Minister is lying when he claims that Schedule 28 will only impact Service Ontario which is bad enough," says Adrienne Silnicki of The Council of Canadians. "This Act will absolutely impact Ontarians' health care, water, school boards, education, social services, hydro, and more".

Schedule 28 of Bill 55 creates a new government ministry, which social justice and advocacy organizations are calling the "Ministry of Privatization". This Ministry would override existing legislation and regulations to order the privatization of public services without any public or legislative consultation.

By hiding this legislation in the omnibus bill the opposition parties and the public have been denied the opportunity to scrutinize the vast range of measures included in the Bill. "Schedule 28 gives new powers to facilitate potentially the largest privatization in Ontario's history," says Natalie Mehra, of the Ontario Health Coalition.

"And yet, the people of Ontario have never been given any democratic input on this legislation with its far reaching implications for the quality, democracy and cost of privatized public services."

"Creating a super minister for government services in Schedule 28 of the Budget Bill is an antidemocratic stealth move worthy of the designers of the current federal omnibus legislation", says Peter Clutterback, of the Social Planning Network of Ontario .

It's clear that Schedule 28 does not belong in the omnibus budget bill. All three groups are calling on the government to fully withdraw Schedule 28 from the omnibus bill.
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For more information:
Adrienne Silnicki, Council of Canadians,
(cell) 902-440 - 4296,
asilnicki@canadians.org.
Twitter: @asilnicki
Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition,
(cell) 416 - 230 - 6402;
ontariohealthcoalition@gmail.com
Twitter:@ontariohealthc

First Perspectives
 
petros
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Smells like California.
 
Niflmir
Free Thinker
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Privatization is a very short sighted move. The government gets money on the short term that it needs to spend on... nothing, since it privatized its services. Meanwhile the costs of the services go up since most services the government offers are natural monopolies and now we have a parasitic corporation drawing funds out of a necessary service.

As always, omnibus bills are just bad.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Niflmir View Post

Privatization is a very short sighted move. The government gets money on the short term that it needs to spend on... nothing, since it privatized its services. Meanwhile the costs of the services go up since most services the government offers are natural monopolies and now we have a parasitic corporation drawing funds out of a necessary service.

As always, omnibus bills are just bad.

Just like California and Arizona where they've sold everything and rent it back from private owners.
 
mentalfloss
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Liberals need to make some concessions or we'll be looking at a PC majority this summer.
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Liberals need to make some concessions or we'll be looking at a PC majority this summer.

I disagree.

To clarify, yes, they need to make some concessions, but if they don't, I doubt we'll see a Conservative majority.
 
lone wolf
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I think they've forgotten Northern Ontario - where a huge share of wealth came from in the first place
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

I think they've forgotten Northern Ontario - where a huge share of wealth came from in the first place

The border isn't at North Bay?
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
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French/Mattawa rivers ... just south of North Bay
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

French/Mattawa rivers ... just south of North Bay

Aaahhh, the near north border.
 

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