Michael asks Premier to give evidence that privatization works
NDP Parliamentary Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says there are numerous examples, some of which make regular headlines, of private businesses failing at their jobs of providing vital services for the people of the province. Recent government statements that indicate an interest in increasing private sector involvement in service delivery; Michael asked the premier today for evidence to support this choice.
“Yesterday the Premier gave examples of where private business has done a “very good job at providing services and programs to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Michael said in the House of Assembly today.
“I ask the Premier, does he really believe that a privatized child care program is working for the parents and children of this province? I ask him to show us the evidence.”
Recent media reports have featured story after story of families going into debt to pay for child care, and parents of young children leaving the workforce altogether because of the costs. Michael hears regularly from constituents in this situation, but it is not the only one.
“Let‘s try another one, Mr. Speaker,” she said. “Can the Premier show evidence that a privatized home care program is working for seniors and other people with home care needs?
“And how about this one, Mr. Speaker – where is the Premier’s evidence that privatized ambulances work for the people who need them and the emergency workers who staff them?”