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Entries Tagged as 'Privatization, P3s & public services'

Will offsets be the “indulgences” for our LNG sins?

July 18th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

In June 2014, the BC government reported on its progress towards the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, which calls for a one-third reduction by 2020 in GHG emissions (relative to 2007 levels) and an 80% reduction by 2050. The BC government claimed to have met a key milestone: an interim target of a 6% […]

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BC’s controversial contract obligations dwarf its debt

July 18th, 2014 · · No Comments · Economy, Energy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Most of the discussion around the delivery of British Columbia’s public accounts this week has centred on debt (Marvin Shaffer makes excellent points in the previous post on why debt is not always bad) and on how BC got the money to balance its books. Something else worth looking at, however, is British Columbia’s non-debt […]

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Quebec’s Auditor General slams highway public private partnership

June 12th, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Privatization, P3s & public services

Yesterday Quebec’s Auditor General came out with a report slamming public private partnerships in that province.  The special audit was conducted at the request of the Conseil du trésor.  It looked at the agreement for the seven service areas on Québec’s highways. The following is a summary of the findings. The analysis conducted to demonstrate […]

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Britain and British Columbia now moving in different directions on P3s. BC taxpayers may be the losers

May 20th, 2014 · · 5 Comments · Economy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

A dozen years ago when Gordon Campbell’s newly elected British Columbia government decided it wanted to build its infrastructure with public private partnerships (P3s) it turned to England for advice.  The British model for infrastructure shaped much of what BC did in the ensuing years.  Lately, British Columbia and the UK have been going in different […]

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You always learn something when accountants feud

December 9th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Every year in BC people who follow government get an early Christmas present in late November,  For the better part of a week BC’s Auditor General sits down with the legislature’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to talk about the Auditor General’s reports. This year’s encounter was quieter than some in the past.  Former Auditor General […]

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BC hospital P3 ownership moves to tax haven

November 6th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

One more of British Columbia’s public private partnerships (P3s) has headed on down the road to ownership in a European tax haven.  Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure completed deals last summer to acquire equity and loans for the Kelowna Vernon Hospital.  It is also buying out equity and loans on Alberta’s North East Stoney Trail highway […]

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What’s the Canada-EU trade deal all about?

November 4th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Democracy and participation, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

Chances are, you’ve heard about the Canada-EU trade deal. It’s hard to miss, what with the federal government hard at work staging photo-ops and events across the country, promoting the deal as a major win. The official sales pitch focuses on the trade aspects of the deal – lowering or eliminating tariffs between Canada and […]

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BC governments extends outsourced health information management despite issues raised by Auditor General

March 11th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

British Columbia’s government today announced it had extended its agreement with Maximus BC, a US subsidiary corporation, to manage BC’s health information for another five years. The $264 million contract will run from 2015 until 2020. The original contract began in 2005.  That ten year deal cost $324 million.  On a comparable basis the new five year […]

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A new government? It’s not as easy as it looks

February 28th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Economy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

If there is a new government in BC on May 15th, it will be confronted with issues that make the transition particularly challenging. The financial issues are a given.  Debt has gone up.  Possibly, given the economic recession we faced, it should have gone up even further.  The dramatic rise in long term contractual obligations […]

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Making the case for public dental care

January 10th, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Health care, Privatization, P3s & public services

There is a classic episode of the Simpsons, where Mr Burns cuts the dental plan for the nuclear power plant. With Lisa needing braces, Homer becomes a union organizer and leads a strike against the plant to get back the dental plan. I thought about that episode when had to get a root canal this week. Because […]

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