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WATCH: Tories want to have option to contract out government services

The premier calls it "magical thinking"

He was behind contracting out garbage in Etobicoke when he was a mayor of the then-Toronto suburb, now Tory MPP Doug Holyday wants the province to look into something similar for jobs now held by public sector workers.

He's introducing a private member's bill on the matter.

The Tories say it would save the province money if unions and private companies competed for contracts.

Holyday says there should be an annual report on the matter to show savings. He outlines healthcare, education and police positions would be off the table on this.

That would leave maintenance and administration positions.

The province doesn't seem to be ready to pounce on this, with the Premier calling the proposal vague and anti-union.

Holyday stresses it isn't an anti-union move given private companies are often unionized.

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  1. Frankie posted on 02/19/2014 02:56 PM
    The Liberals can't go along with this because it would deny their prostituting themselves with our tax dollars to public sector unions for their votes.

    Just another example of how corrupt and morally bankrupt the Liberals are.
  2. john posted on 02/19/2014 02:59 PM
    the CONS are bucking for a fight. bring it on boys the people are ready for you.
    gives us your best shot tea party Tim because it's going to be your last shot
    1. Greg posted on 02/19/2014 04:56 PM
      @john Jeez john, what political party DO you support?
  3. Jack posted on 02/19/2014 03:15 PM
    Anti-union means pro-taxpayer, pro-economy, and pro-democracy; no wonder Comrade Wynne is so against it.

    The choice is clear, Hudak for Premier! Right-to-work is what we need, we've had it with that union greed!
    1. Todd posted on 02/19/2014 04:23 PM
      @Jack Yes Jack, and you'll be the first one whining about how long it takes to get your health card, birth certificate or to get through to speak to a "real human" when you contact the government.
      You lack big-picture views of cause and effect.
    2. HP posted on 02/19/2014 04:52 PM
      @Jack This is nothing short of war on the middle class. Replacing workers that make a union wage, as negotiated with their employer, with workers making minimum wage will save taxpayers money, however the ripple effect will be devastating. It was calculated by the financial institutions when everyone was getting bailed out that very union job supports 8 more jobs in the private economy, which support more jobs.

      And the irony is that privatization doesn't save all hat much money because the companies that get the contracts make huge profits off the backs of workers they exploit, paying them half of the workers they replaced. The 407 privatization is a good example.

      Only governments that are owned by corporate, lobbyists, and hedge funds will support privatization...usually the Conservatives. The pay off their friends at the expense of the workers.
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