• After Carillion: The Struggle to Democratize Social Services

    Carillion’s failure has been compared to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, but what the Lehman case shows is that you can engage in behaviour that puts millions out of work, and destroys the hopes of a generation, and not pay any price, or significantly change your behaviour. Keep reading »

  • P3 Corporate Collapse Highlights Risks of Privatization

    The collapse of Carillion, a global privatization corporation, illustrates the risky nature of public-private partnerships (P3s) and contracting out. Carillion is involved in 10 P3s across Canada, primarily in hospitals in Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Two hospitals are still in development. Keep reading »

  • Carillion and the Latest Privatisation Scandal

    This week 20,000 Carillion workers and many more in the supply chain have had their livelihoods put at risk. The responsibility lies with this shambolic Tory government and mismanagement by Carillion’s fat-cat bosses. The collapse of Carillion, embarrassing for a government that had championed the company and awarded it contract after contract, represents another significant … Keep reading »

  • Public Transit, Privatization and the Canada Infrastructure Bank

    The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will create a pipeline of privatization for our public transit systems. Corporations will be able to extract long-term profit from public transit fares and public subsidies. Our governments subsidize public transit because it’s critical infrastructure for our communities: to get us from place to place, to reduce traffic congestion, and … Keep reading »

  • Banking on Privatization: the Canada Infrastructure Bank

    The Liberal government is promoting the Canada Infrastructure Bank as a new way to provide financing for public infrastructure. But it’s really a new and dangerous way for corporations to profit from public infrastructure and services. The bank will allow corporations and private lenders unprecedented access to – and power over – the infrastructure that … Keep reading »

  • Ignoring Chicago, Toronto Has a Big, Stupid Idea

    Two weeks ago, the good folks of Toronto, Ontario learned that their elected officials at City Hall are considering selling off the Toronto Parking Authority – which operates dozens of municipal parking lots as well as on-street parking.[1] It’s a big, stupid idea that indicates our “city fathers” apparently don’t read, but also that they … Keep reading »

  • The Canada Infrastructure Bank: Theft by Deception

    Both the Liberal government and its Advisory Council on Economic Growth are head-over-heels for the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), announcing with fresh-faced enthusiasm that it will be an innovative route for augmenting infrastructure finance, a flywheel of institutional capital participation, and an economic stimulus boon for the middle class. Beyond the euphoria is deception; there … Keep reading »

  • Hands Off Our Healthcare, Hydro, Transit and Housing

    Toronto — 21 February 2016. Privatization is everywhere in the city, our province, and across the country, whether is is selling off public resources and services; financing and managing public projects through public/private partnerships (P3s); contracting out the public capacity to manage and oversee the operation of programmes we all need. Privatization seeks to transform … Watch video »

  • ‘No Admittance Except on Business’: How P3s are Produced and the Secret of Their Profit Making

    “Accompanied by Mr. Moneybags … we [enter] into the hidden abode of production, on whose threshold there stares us in the face ‘No admittance except on business’. Here we shall see, not only how capital produces, but how capital is produced. We shall at last force the secret of profit making.” — Karl Marx, Capital, … Keep reading »

  • The Ontario Liberals and Long-Term Care: The Struggle Against Privatization

    Governments across Canada have been caught in a fiscal bind over the entire period of neoliberalism. On the one hand, they have pursued austerity and restraint almost without interruption since the 1990s; and, on the other, they remain under pressure to deliver some minimal social security for welfare, healthcare, pensions and so forth. Since the … Keep reading »

  • Public Transit Struggles in London and Toronto

    Toronto — 9 August 2015. A forum to discuss the struggles over public transit in London, England and in Toronto, over P3s, privatization, funding public transit, and posing alternatives, such as reduced fares, free transit and increased accessibility. We are at a turning point in the struggle for public transit, particularly in Toronto. Although we … Watch video »

  • Public Healthcare Against Privatization

    Lessons From the British Struggle Over the NHS John Lister interviewed by Robin Chang NHS For Sale: Myths, Lies and Deception by Tamasin Cave, Jacky Davis, Paul Evans, John Lister, Martin McKee, Harry Smith, and David Wrigley (Merlin Press, 2015) argues that the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 is a government policy whose component parts … Keep reading »