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Entries Tagged as 'Privatization, P3s & public services'

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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Are tax havens robbing the government of revenue from P3s? Nobody seems to care

January 2nd, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Privatization, P3s & public services

When British Columbia sets up public private partnerships (P3s) to let the private sector operate hospitals, roads and bridges, one of the considerations is taxes. However, when down the road ownership of the P3 private operator gets moved to a tax haven, it appears there is no subsequent examination of the impact on provincial revenues. […]

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Getting it Wrong For Seniors in British Columbia

September 27th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Employment & labour, Health care, Law & legal issues, Privatization, P3s & public services

Seniors and their families need and should have access to useful information when they are making critical decisions about residential care and throughout the period of residence in facilities. – BC Ombudsperson, The Best of Care: Getting It Right for Seniors in British Columbia (Part 1) Mass replacement of staff can occur when facility operators switch […]

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Construction industry accuses Partnerships BC of conflict of interest

September 15th, 2012 · · 1 Comment · Privatization, P3s & public services

I think that Philip Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Business Association, is probably more hostile to the interests of working people than just about anybody else in British Columbia. So when I find myself agreeing with him on something, my fingers twitch at the keyboard. But that is just what happened with the […]

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The staggering future costs of the BC government’s contracts

July 27th, 2012 · · Comments Off · Energy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

As usual, there has been quite a hubbub surrounding this week’s release of British Columbia’s Public Accounts.  The provincial auditor says the provincial deficit is $520 million more than the government admits. And then there is the Auditor General’s review of finances at the legislature that found “substantial irregularities.” But all of the above is […]

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