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Poll: Canada wants public services

New national study shows majority of Canadians trust municipal government more than private corporations to deliver public services.

A majority of Canadians think public transit should be managed by public agenciesby CUPE

OTTAWA, May 29, 2008 — A new national study shows a majority of Canadians trust their municipal government more than private corporations to deliver public services. (See also: Background: Nanos/CUPE Poll — Views on Canadian Municipal Public Service.)

Respondents to the survey — conducted by Nanos Research for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) — were given nine public services and asked who they would trust more to provide the service: their municipal government and its employees or a private corporation.

A majority of Canadians said they trust their municipal government more for all nine public services: sewage treatment (75.8%), drinking water treatment and delivery (75.5%), community and social services (75.1%), maintenance and upkeep of parks (69.4%), public transit (68.6%), road maintenance (64.7%), garbage and recycling services (64.6%), recreation facilities such as rinks and swimming pools (64.5%), and electricity generation and distribution (60.6%).

73.7% of Canadians said that they believed municipalities should provide and operate public services on a not-for profit basis over for-profit corporations providing and operating municipal services...

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada's largest union.

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  Poll: Canada wants public services, CUPE website, May 29, 2008

Posted: June 11, 2008

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