BC auditor general red flags costly privatization scheme
Involves US multinational EDS in collection of provincial revenue.
VICTORIA , April 29, 2008 — In a scathing review of one of British Columbia's flagship privatization schemes, B.C.'s Auditor General has identified critical lapses by the Campbell Liberals, calling into question the financial case to justify privatization in the first place.
The case involves the US multi-national EDS (Electronic Data Systems Corp.) and the collection of provincial revenue.
"We are almost halfway through more than $1 billion in long-term privatization deals, and now Auditor General John Doyle suggests that the Gordon Campbell government may be making inaccurate or incorrect decisions about outsourcing important services," says George Heyman, president of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE).
"We urgently need an immediate moratorium on any further privatization deals until all of the outsourcing deals inked since the Liberals took office are put under the microscope," Heyman says...
The National Union of Public and General Employees is one of the largest unions in Canada. Part of its mandate is to analyse restructuring of social programs and public services.
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BC auditor general red flags costly privatization scheme, by NUPGE.ca, April 29, 2008.
Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia
Posted: April 30, 2008
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