Friday, April 13, 2007

Another Privatization Failure

Here is another sad story of a Canadian city attempting to reinvent government; the neo-conservative experiment in the private delivery of public services.

As in how much is this going to cost us if it fails?!

Ultimately its failure will cost taxpayers more, which always gets swept under the rug when privatization is initially pushed as low cost alternative to the public sector delivery of services.

OC Transpo, which is owned and operated by the city, contracted-out Para Transpo to First Bus, a private company that specializes in outsourcing public transit.

Except, I now understand, where there's no profit in it. First Bus, along with the rest of the private sector, isn't interested in providing the service.

And we will be left wondering what Ottawa's public transit for the disabled could have looked like if, instead of providing profits for Laidlaw and First Bus, we'd directly invested that money in the service over the last ten years.

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