Employers’ Council calls for government partnerships with private sector

The NL Employers’ Council held a press conference yesterday to release findings of a study into the need to increase partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors in the delivery of government services and infrastructure.

The report, Why Wait in Line? Opportunities to improve government services and infrastructure in NL was written by Memorial University Professor’s Tom Clift & Dr. Tom Cooper and commissioned by the NL Employers’ Council (NLEC).

The study analyzes program, service and infrastructure partnership models used throughout Canada and the rest of the world. It includes a review of over 60 studies including a number of meta-analysis. It found that partnerships have clear benefits:

  • Improved outcomes to citizens.
  • Transfer of risks such as cost overruns and delays from the taxpayer to the private partner – which means projects are more likely to be completed on time and on budget.
  • Better value to taxpayers with costs being reduced by as much as 61%.
  • The freeing up of government capacity and resources to focus on regulation and core government functions.NLEC Pres Conf. Jan 21-2016-0153
  • Accountability to citizens improves because of the financial penalties, incentives and government oversight put in place.
  • Partnerships drive commercial activity, including exports.

The Employers’ Council also released findings of an August 2015 survey by Corporate Research Associates, commissioned by the NLEC to measure public opinion on this issue. The majority of residents in Newfoundland and Labrador support the involvement of the private sector in the delivery of public services. On each of the public services evaluated in the study, more residents support private sector involvement in the delivery of those services than those that oppose such involvement, in most cases by a considerable margin.

Read the full study here: https://nlec.nf.ca/publications/

Media coverage received on the report so far:

CBC.CA – “Not considering parterships would be irresponsible” – Jan 21st
CBC-TV –“Here & Now” -Jan 21st
The Telegram – “Government private partnerships can save jobs”- Jan 22nd
CBC Radio -“On The Go ” – Jan 21st
NTV “First Edition” – Jan 21st
NTV “Evening News’ – “Employers urge government to turn to the private sector” – Jan 21st
VOCM.com & Radio – Jan 21st
VOCM.com & Radio – Jan 22nd
VOCM Open Line – Interview with Tom Cooper – Jan 21st
VOCM Backtalk – Interview with Richard Alexander – Jan 22nd

Stay tuned for more:

Richard Alexander will be the guest on NTV’s Issues & Answers this Sunday, and will discuss the provinces’ fiscal situation on CBC Radio Noon Crosstalk on Tuesday, January 26

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