Friday, July 15, 2005

Sask: Province spending $93 million for firefighting aircraft

Saskatchewan Party says they could have done better by entering into a contract with a private supplier.

"Instead of spending $93 million more on upgrading aircraft, runways and mechanics, this government cold have looked to SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) programs now operating in Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario," says Yogi Huyghebaert, the Saskatchewan Party MLA for Wood River."
The saskies have an excellent point here.

What was most appalling about this huge expenditure is that the provincial government refused to open it to a public tender. They had a consultant write a report saying that it would be cheaper to do it in-house, but refused to make the report public. I recall one nothern politician commenting on television "it's better to do it this way, because private business are interested in profit."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The "for profit" canard needs to be dealt a merciful death.

Everyone "in house" makes a profit - except it's a guaranteed profit.

Take the health care system - the cleaning staff, the nurses, the doctors, the beaurocrats - all operating at no risk, and a guaranteed paycheck, regardless of performance or customer satisfaction.

I once suggested to a friend at SaskHealth (after the abysmal quality of care my mother received in intensive care at Regina General - including a doctor who didn't remember to talk to anyone about her diagnosis until 10 days had passed) - that every employee in the health care delivery chain should have a portion of their wages held back, subject to signoff by patient or family.

My friend (a high level beaurocrat) countered that there would be patients who would refuse to sign off when there wasn't just cause, resulting in moneys withheld unfairly.

To which I replied "Welcome to the world the rest of us live in".

Kate

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