CANADA: Privatising Ontario
Adam Chamberlain examines some of the privatisation projects recently undertaken by the government in Ontario, the country's largest state, and how this will affect the rest of Canada
The Canadian Government has identified privatisation as a popular policy option for the nation. In varying degrees, federal and provincial governments are becoming more involved in the privatisation of government-owned undertakings.The dominant player in the Canadian economy is its largest province, Ontario. In 1999 the country’s population was just over 30 million, with Ontario being the largest region with 11.5 million inhabitants and a gross domestic product (GDP) of more than c$370bn (£167bn). As such, any privatisation activities in Ontario will affect the rest of the country. With its election in 1995, Ontario’s Conservative government committed itself to a path of extensive privatisation. While some projects, such as the proposed privatisation of TV Ontario and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario have fallen out of favour, many other potential privatisation initiatives continue. The province operates a number of extensive infrastructure projects that are typical candidates for privatisation in the current political and policy environment.
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