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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 16:52

Don’t privatize ISC

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Editor:
The Green Party of Saskatchewan (GPS)  is encouraging the Saskatchewan Party Government not to privatize the Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan (ISC).


Privatization is not the way to make the Crowns more accountable. Instead, these agencies should be democratized by transforming them into Crown Co-operatives. As a Crown Co-operative, ISC would still be owned by the taxpayers of the province through the Government of Saskatchewan, but these agencies would operate like cooperatives. The key features of Crown Co-operatives would include:
The election of the Board of Directors,
A public annual general meeting,
The paying of dividends to taxpayers (when it is feasible to do so), and
The publishing of quarterly financial reports.
Saskatchewan Crown Corporations need to be democratized, not privatized. This means the balance of power within each Crown Co-op would lie with the taxpayers of Saskatchewan.

Victor Lau,
Leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan,
Regina, Saskatchewan

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