No, it's different to that, the argument is that it should all be paid for
directly to private market providers: private police, private fire engines,
private roads, etc.
Funny you should mention that. In Ontario,
we've recently gone through a bit with an air ambulance service called "Ornge".
The idea was this company would operate the air ambulance service on behalf of
the provincial government. Get better efficiency etc. Sound good. What we got
was completely different. The guy who started it used the taxpayers money in an
attempt to set up his own empire, in part to hide his salary from public
inspection. IIRC, he went from about $150K per year to $1.5M, while
claiming that since he wasn't paid by the ambulance service, his pay wasn't
public info. He also told the dispatchers to hold back on sending out aircraft,
until it was determined they were really necessary. The provincial coroner is
now investigating several (17 IIRC) deaths, to see if slow response was a
contributing factor. This guy also overpaid for helicopters, which weren't up
to the task for things like CPR, but then sold "marketing info" that could have
been produced by a teenager in an afternoon on Google, for $6M to that
helicopter manufacturer. Can we say kick back? The story goes
This is but one example of what can happen when businesses can do
things without proper supervision and, if necessary, regulation.
another brush with deregulation in Ontario. Several years ago, the province
transferred responsibility for water quality to the municipalities. This is
certainly something that could work, if the town has the means to do it
properly. However, back in June 2000, in the town of Walkerton, the water
supply was heavily contaminated with E Coli. Hundreds of people were severely
ill, with some suffering permanent injury and some died. The cause of the
pollution was farm runoff leaking into a well, but the real disgrace was in how
it was handled. In that town, the water works was managed by Stan Koebel and
his brother Frank was the foreman. One of the things they were supposed to do
is take water samples from various parts of the system and send them to a lab
for testing. What they did was collect all the samples in the office and
labeled them as coming from the various locations. When the bad results came
back, they at first tried to bury them, and then tried ineffectively to fix the
problem. After people started getting sick, the local medical officer of health
asked if there was a water problem, but the brothers said no. The MOoH then
conducted his own tests and discovered the contamination. The Koebel brothers
were sentenced to prison.
So yes, regulation is often necessary, because
so many will try to take advantage and create harmful situations, just to save
money for the bottom line.
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