Thousands sign up to show their support — and stop privatization
More than 6,000 Ontario residents have signed up to join the movement to support publicly owned services — and their numbers are growing daily. “We’re building an army of Ontarians who understand that we all need a say in the province’s future,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
“Privatization is costing the public billions of dollars and threatening the quality and accessibility of the services we need. It’s time to stop letting private companies use our hydro, highways and hospitals, among other things, to generate profits. It’s time to say yes to public services.”
What you can do
OPSEU mobilizers have been canvassing their communities, asking Ontario residents to show their support for publicly owned services and assets by:
- adding their names to the growing list of Ontario residents who want public services and assets to remain publicly owned
- sending an email to their MPP to show their support for public services
- actively campaigning to increase support for public services
’Privatizing services costs the public’
So far, more than 6,000 Ontario residents have joined the We own it campaign’s list of supporters. And more than 16,000 people joined a telephone town hall in November to talk about the issue and its importance. OPSEU members shared stories of some of the province’s privatization disasters, from the Walkerton tragedy, which left seven dead and thousands sick after water testing was privatized, to the ongoing sell-off of Hydro One, which will cost the provincial government up to $500 million a year in lost revenues used to pay for services like health care and education.
“The facts show that privatizing services costs the public,” says Thomas. “If we let privatization creep any deeper into our public services, it won’t be long before the only people who can feel healthy and safe and prosperous in this province are the few Ontarians who have a lot of money and a lot of privilege.
“This is the most important issue facing us today and it’s the reason why Ontarians are rallying behind public services. They offer better quality, better value and a better future for all of us.”