oppose financing provincial privatization
want federal tax transfers spent on public services
Ottawa - A poll conducted for the National Union of Public and General
Employees has found that a majority of Canadians believe Ottawa should
require the provinces to spend federal transfers on public,
The survey by Vector Research and Development Inc. of Toronto found that
55% of respondents feel Ottawa should attach strings to transfer
payments to halt the privatizing of public services by the provinces.
Albertans, typically more suspicious than most of federal politicians
encroaching on provincial turf, are somewhat less inclined than people
in other regions of the country to tie the provinces' hands.
Yet even there, 45% of Albertans believe Ottawa should insist that any
federal money given to the provinces be spent only on public,
At the other end of the scale, Quebecers were most opposed to the idea
of federal money being used to pay for services provided by for-profit
A total of 63% of those surveyed in Quebec believe Ottawa should require
the provinces to use transfer money for public, not-for-profit delivery
(The Charest government in Quebec is currently moving in the opposite
direction. It has announced radical labor law changes designed to make
the contracting-out of public services to for-profit providers easier).
The findings of the new poll are consistent with earlier studies showing
that most Canadians reject privatizing key public services such as
health, education, water, police and fire protection.
May 2002 NUPGE-sponsored national poll, for example, 49% said
it was more important to keep private, for-profit companies
out of health care than to control the amount governments
spend on health.
a March 1999 Vector poll 65% were unlikely or certain not to
vote for a provincial party that "promotes privatizing
health care, education and social services."
July 1998 48% said consumers would get better service when the
public sector provides household water, not private,
This survey, based on telephone interviews conducted with 1,004 randomly
selected adults throughout the country from November 17-27, is
considered accurate to within 3.1 percentage points 19 times out of 20.
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