FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2000
review of privatized highway maintenance, northwestern mayors urged
DRYDEN - Ontario government employees are turning up the heat in their bid for an
independent review of the privatization of provincial highway maintenance.
"Municipal leaders right across the north have criticized the quality of winter
road maintenance on provincial highways," said John OBrien, Ontario Public
Service Employees Union vice-president representing northwestern Ontario. "What we
want to find out is, is there a link between poor maintenance and privatization?
"Were not going to find out by asking the government."
The union hopes to win support for the plan from members of the Nothwestern Ontario
Municipal Association, meeting today in Dryden.
In November, 1999, the Official of the Provincial auditor was sharply critical of the
governments highway maintenance privatization program.
"The Ministrys procedures were not adequate to ensure that the outsourcing
initiative was managed with due regard for economy and efficiency nor to ensure compliance
with legislation, policies, and contract terms and conditions," provincial auditor
Erik Peters wrote.
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For more information:
John OBrien (807) 474-1314
Paul Dunseith (416) 303-5577