Sometimes big government and bureaucratic red tape make little or no sense at all. Why, for example, might the McGuinty Government put an RFP (Request For Proposals) in place that would deliberately destroy small and rural school bus companies — some who have been carrying children safely to and from schools for many generations? Read this column by Christina Blizzard.
So, by doing this, will the Ontario Liberal government actually save money? Well, yes and no. On the one hand, yes, because small and rural Ontario school bus companies are being outbid by multinationals from the U.K. and the U.S. On the other hand, no, because when the government makes it impossible for Ontario school bus companies to stay in business, those companies end up laying people off — resulting in more people on employment insurance or social assistance.
As Gregory Hammond (who operates a bus line in Muskoka that has been in business since 1944) is quoted in the Blizzard column: “They [the McGuinty Government] say small business is vital to the economy. They want to promote small businesses, but they’re driving a procurement system that gives every advantage to multinationals.”
You can bet, however, if small rural school bus companies were unionized by Dalton McGuinty’s supporters, this would never have happened.
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