TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Society of Energy Professionals has
slammed Don Drummond for suggesting that the Province consider
privatizing assets and moving to the private delivery of services as a
fix to Ontario's deficit situation.
"We acknowledge that deficits and debt build-ups are indeed economic
problems that could eventually impose serious constraints on the
government's ability to deliver much needed public services but cutting
or privatizing services is not the route to go." Rod Sheppard, Society
"We know from personal experience that privatization doesn't work. Since
Ontario Hydro was partially privatized, rates have more than doubled"
Sheppard added. "More recently the Ornge fiasco provides yet another
cautionary tale about privatization"
Sheppard also said that Government revenue must be on the agenda.
"We reject a narrative in which less government is always better
government; a narrative that constructs working people, public servants
and the recipients of public services and government support as the
cause of Ontario's financial woes"
Sheppard says that eliminating the deficit in a hurry will only worsen
the social and economic problems many Ontarians are facing today.
"The already marginalized in society will suffer even more if the
Government moves too quickly to reduce the deficit"
Sheppard says it is imperative that public hearings be held on both on
the Drummond Report and on the 2012 Budget.
"The Drummond exercise was a secretive one, with a limited mandate and
too selective with respect to the stakeholders they consulted"
The Society of Energy Professionals represent more than 8300 engineers,
telecommunications and information technology professionals and
information technology professionals, scientists and others who for
generations have designed built, operated and helped safeguard
Ontario's vast electricity system. The Society's members work for
Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, Bruce Power, the IESO, the OEB,
the ESA and other key electricity sector employers.
SOURCE The Society of Energy Professionals
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