In Letter to Ontario Premier, Niagara Falls MPP Lashes Out At Her Government’s Record of Privatizing Hospitals & Other Vital Services

‘Where are Province’s Contingency Plans Following Liquidation of Carillion Canada – A Corporation Ontario Gvoernment Has Allowed to Buy Up Public Services’

An Open Letter from Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

Niagara Falls, Ontario MPP Wayne Gates in provincial legislature. File photo

Posted January 19th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Dear Premier,    

I’m writing to you … regarding the recent news that Carillion, the parent company of Carillion Canada, has filed for liquidation.

This company holds the contracts to maintain hospitals across the province and clear our roads of snow this winter. 

In short, you have sold them the contracts to keep our families safe when they travel the roads of our province in our winters.

As you know, I have long raised concerns about the use of P3 contracts for several reasons. Privatizing public services and public assets expose Ontario families to business practices beyond our control. Every time, they’ve proven to cost more and threaten our public services.

Now, the sudden collapse of Carillion, a U.K. based corporation that delivers a range of private services in our hospitals and on our highway has thrown Ontario into chaos. Families in my community are scrambling for answers, left wondering if their roads will be plowed and their loved ones will get home safe when it snows.   

Six thousand workers throughout Canada are worried that their job could disappear, and they’ve receive no assurances or comfort. Niagara families need answers and a plan to protect jobs and public services. It’s time to do the right thing, end these bad privatization deals and bring jobs and services back to Ontario.

Ontario’s Liberal government signed a contract with a private corporation to finance the new hospital built in west St. Catharines. So instead of paying forthe with public tax money, as was so often the case in the past, younger generations will still be paying off the private sector loan long after many people over the age of 65 todaay are gone. File photo by Doug Draper

Costly, private sector P3 agreements now touch every region of our province. The same agreements which our Auditor General proved cost us 8.2 billion dollars more than if we had gone through public contracts.

Anyone driving from Niagara to Mississauga or Toronto must use sections of the QEW that you have contracted out to Carillion (Niagara to Burlington is contracted to another company which has also received penalties for poor performance).

Now that Carillion has filed for bankruptcy, what precautions have you put in place to ensure our roads will remain plowed? What does the Government plan to do if the equipment that Carillion was using to clear our roads is suddenly sold? 

In Alberta, the government is developing contingency plans, should Carillion Canada be unable to fulfill its contracts for vital services like highway snow plowing. Discussions are also underway in the U.K, to ensure public buildings and rail projects continue to move forward. 

It’s time to stop stalling and look to solutions, should Carillion Canada be unable to deliver services in Ontario.  

We have a chance here to turn this negative story into a positive one. This is our opportunity to end these bad privatization deals and bring these jobs and services back to Ontario. It’s time that Ontarians own their assets instead of renting them, and pay less for better quality services.

I hope you will take this opportunity to protect the safety and well-being of the residents of Niagara and all Ontarians as they drive our highways. 

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. 

Best regards, Wayne Gates, MPP for Niagara Falls

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One response to “In Letter to Ontario Premier, Niagara Falls MPP Lashes Out At Her Government’s Record of Privatizing Hospitals & Other Vital Services

  1. Her Government? I must have missed something but its been a long day

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