TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Three hours after a legislative committee
was warned of the dangers of privatizing ServiceOntario, a security
breach forced the shutdown of privately-operated kiosks.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union is battling to stop the
Ontario government from selling off the entire ServiceOntario network.
OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas told budget hearings on Wednesday
evening that the Liberal government must scrap the portion of its
budget legislation that will privatize ServiceOntario. Thomas was
joined by prominent Toronto lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo who warned of
significant risks to security of personal information if a U.S.
corporation or its subsidiary is allowed to buy ServiceOntario.
"The Liberals can't claim ignorance here," said Thomas. "They know or
ought to know the risks of turning Ontarians' personal information over
to the private sector. And for what? ServiceOntario makes billions of
dollars. Why would we give that away?"
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas 613-329-1931