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Halifax- The country’s first-ever annual report on privatization concludes that Canadians pay a hefty price when private corporations gain control of public services.

H006f0073tile Takeover: Annual Report on Privatization 0064006fcuments the devastating effects of the government selloff of public services. The CUPE report sounds the alarm bell about quality, safety, access and accountability for Canada’s hospitals, schools and water systems.

O00750072 report lays out the impact of privatization, and it’s truly frightening, 00730061id CUPE National President Judy Darcy at the report’s Halifax launch. M00750063h-needed services are being eroded, gutted and eliminated. We need to stop privatization in its tracks, before any more damage is done 00730068e emphasized.

T00680065 Nova Scotia government has handed children’s education to corporations on a silver platter. It’s a crime that big business is allowed to call the shots for 31 new schools. Canadians are overwhelmingly saying No to corporate classrooms and No to the destruction of the services we value so highly, 00730061id Darcy.

P00720069vatization threatens decent jobs with extinction. We see that right here with the struggle to keep Devco mines alive and publicly owned. Closing or privatizing those mines will rob Cape Breton families of any hope. 000a003cp>Opinion polls show three quarters of Canadians have grave concerns about privatization. Canadians oppose privatized water supplies by a margin of five to one.

O00750072 report has a clear message for the governments doing the selling and the corporations doing the buying. Canadians won’t allow their public services to be turned into profit-making ventures for multinationals. The stakes are just too high. 000d000a

Halifax is the first leg of Darcy’s cross-Canada report launch, with stops in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver this week. The full report is available at www.cupe.ca.

CUPE is Canada’s largest union, representing 460,000 women and men in health care, education, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation and airlines.

For more information, contact:

Catherine Louli, CUPE Communications, 613-851-0547

Gail McNeil, CUPE Communications, 902-423-2768

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