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Privatization prevents 'public control over quality'

Skimping on everything but essentials allows private sector to profit.

September 19, 2011: Author Jo Vellacott presents a case against privatization in the Toronto Star, showing how private delivery of public services at any level of government eradicates the quality and accessibility of service, serving only to increase consumer costs and corporate profits.

"The public service grew up since the late 19th century, coming into being as a way of sharing resources through taxation, aiming at and largely succeeding in bringing into being healthy and stable communities. The public sector exists to provide necessary and beneficial services, and its goal is quality, at a reasonable cost.

What privatization means is that the public sector hands over some particular responsibility to the private sector. The private sector exists to make a profit, providing a service in exchange.

When government dollars are put into a public service, all those dollars, properly managed, should go to ensuring quality …"

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Posted: September 21, 2011

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