Listeriosis outbreak could be tip of privatization and deregulation iceberg - new online news service



    OTTAWA, Oct. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The listeriosis outbreak could be the tip
of a privatization and deregulation iceberg, according to a new bilingual
online news service. Federal outsourcing and sales of public services and
responsibilities have been key themes throughout the federal election
campaign, according to www.PublicValues.ca and www.Valeurspubliques.ca.
    "You rarely hear privatization mentioned, but it has really been a key
theme throughout this election campaign," said Ish Theilheimer,
editor-in-chief of the new publications. "First food safety and, now, the
financial crisis, have reminded the world of the dangers of letting big
business police itself."
    "Canadians are beginning to see the dangers of deregulation," said CFIA
inspector Bob Kingston. "Maple Leaf Foods and the Toronto propane explosion
show the problems with industry self-policing."
    "The global banking crisis puts the kibosh to the kind of laissez-faire
notions that have been so dominant," said economist and author Mel Watkins.
"Canadians will think before letting the fox guard the chickens."
    The websites were officially launched today by the independent news site
StraightGoods.ca. They constitute Canada's first independent bilingual online
news service and the offering news from around the world about privatization
and deregulation.

    
    Privatization-related election issues includes:

    - financial industries, with major banks failing and economies in crisis;
    - consumer safety, with federal laboratories closed or downsized, testing
      contracted out to private firms;
    - airline safety, with Canada set to introduce self-policing systems for
      airlines;
    - postal deregulation, with the federal government conducting a review of
      Canada Post;
    - health care, with Canada's public system under attack from under-
      funding and the availability, in various provinces, of a range of elite
      private health services;
    - the push for private funding of public infrastructure projects.
    - undermining the Canadian Wheat Board;
    - child care, with grants that only partially meet the cost of care; and
    - prisons, with Canada possibly headed toward private jails.
    




For further information:

For further information: Ish Theilheimer, Publisher, the
StraightGoods.ca family of news websites, (613) 757-7777,
ish@straightgoods.com

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