Synopsis By: Lurie - Proceeding Author: John Fryer

A description of the forms that privatization and contracting out have taken in Canada; why neither is not in the best interests of the general public as citizens and taxpayers; and how privatization is being fought, through the labor relations system, in Canada. The author challenges the arguments offered for privatization: that government is too big, that the private sector is more efficient and productive, and that privatization will lower costs and ease the national deficit. The means used to oppose privatization – political, legal, and through collective bargaining – are described.