NDP Reality Check: Liberals Recycled Privatization Schemes Belong in the Trash
April 26th, 2016 - 12:03pm
NDP REALITY CHECK: LIBERALS RECYCLED PRIVATIZATION SCHEMES BELONG IN THE TRASH
The Liberal Government made big commitments on new infrastructure spending during the election, and while yesterday's announcement falls more than $3.4 billion short of what they promised, it also highlights their privatization scheme.
Buried in Budget 2016 was a note that the Liberals plan to pursue "asset recycling” which sounds innocuous and even ecological until you scratch the surface.
Because "asset recycling” is just a new word for privatization. Like on so many other issues, Justin Trudeau is offering a change of tone but the same old failed Conservative policies.
In Ontario, Kathleen Wynne promised big infrastructure spending but when it came time to pay for it she turned to the privatization of Hydro One – a deal that's been criticized by the Auditor General and will leave Ontarians on the hook for generations to come.
And what did they call it? You guessed it, asset recycling.
Now the federal Liberals plan to take credit for infrastructure money they didn't spend while leaving Canadians to pay the price through new user fees and tolls.
This is one recycled policy that better belongs in the trash.