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Assessing the Record of Public-Private Partnerships

On May 29, 2002, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ (CCPA) BC Office co-sponsored a public forum on the topic of public-private partnerships (P3s). Sylvia Fuller’s report summarizes the proceedings of that forum.

California Shorts a Circuit: Should Canadians Trust the Wiring Diagram?

Mark Jaccard’s article focuses on the California energy crisis of 2000-01 in the aftermath of its electricity reforms, considers the apparent failures of those reforms, and suggests lessons that can be learned, from a Canadian perspective. Jaccard begins by outlining the debate surrounding privatization of the energy sector, arguing that “sceptics” who believe privatization will inevitably lead to California-like crises are wrong. Rather than demonstrating an inherent flaw in the reforms being undertaken in Ontario and Alberta (occurring at the time of his writing), Jaccard suggests the California crisis should be viewed as an example of the “large risks of market design.”

EPCOR: A Study of Ownership, Accountability, and the Public Interest

As Diana Gibson explains, EPCOR was founded on Edmonton’s power and water utilities, yet operates in other provinces and in the US.

Firm Foundations: Putting Private and Public Foundations on Level Ground

In her paper, Abigail Payne suggests that charitable organizations play an important role in Canadian society. They provide beneficial goods and services not offered by governments or the private sector. However, Payne also points out that these organizations rely on private donors, whose contributions help to fund the goods and services provided by these foundations. Governments encourage donor support by providing charities with favourable tax status. According to Payne, however, these tax exemptions raise a number of issues.

Is Government Control of the Liquor Trade Still Justified?

In this article Valentin Petkantchin argues for the deregulation of liquor sales in Quebec.

Rerouting the Mail: Why Canada Post is Due for Reform

Edward M. Iacobucci, Michael J. Trebilcock, and Tracey D. Epps contend that Canada Post requires reform in order to meet the challenges and changes of the twenty-first century.

Saskatchewan's Crown Corporations

Allan Evans looks at the number and type of crown corporations in Saskatchewan. He argues that if Saskatchewan chooses not to privatize it ought to open up these industries to competition.

Sobering Result: The Alberta Liquor Retailing Industry Ten Years after Privatization

In 1993-94, the Alberta Government implemented major policy changes involving the control, taxing, and distribution of liquor products. These changes included: the privatization of the retail and warehousing functions; switching from an ad valorem (percentage of price) to a unit (flat) tax system of alcohol excise taxes; and, the migration from direct control of liquor regulation to a legislative and enforcement approach.

Sobering Result: The Alberta Liquor Retailing Industry Ten Years after Privatization

In this report, Greg Flanagan examines the impact of privatization on Alberta’s liquor retail industry.

The Privatization of Liquor Retailing in Alberta

In this paper West examines liquor market in Alberta. He suggests that, traditionally, this market has been heavily regulated in Canada; even when private firms have produced alcohol, they have operated in a regulatory environment with such rigor that, in effect, private firms were an extension of government mandates. West points out without this tight regulation, the rationale suggests that there would be unacceptable social costs.

Water and Wastewater Treatment in Canada: Tapping into Private-Sector Capital, Expertise, and Efficiencies

In this report, Elizabeth Brubaker argues that Canada’s wastewater treatment facilities need the private sector in order to protect the nation’s water supply and the health of Canadians.