The Privatization of City Services

Business News Network

June 1, 2011

This “Headline” program features a discussion of the privatization of city services, including water and sewage. Environment Probe’s Elizabeth Brubaker, CUPE’s Paul Moist, and Ontario Waste Management Association’s Rob Cook debate the merits (or perils) of privatization. Brubaker argues that private provision can bring capital, expertise, and accountability to municipal utilities. She discusses the savings that municipalities have gained from competitive contracting, and the improvements in oversight that result from separating the regulator from the operator.

Watch the show on the web at: (part 1) (part 2)


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