Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario Federation of Labour - Ontario Health Coalition

March 30, 2005 07:30 ET

QUEEN'S PARK BRIEFING FOR MEDIA, MINISTRY STAFF AND MPPs

British Reforms in Health, Education and the Civil Service - Wednesday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, Media Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2005) - Ontario's government is replicating British public sector reforms here in a "transformation" agenda that has profound implications. The Canadian Federation of Students, Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Health Coalition, in conjunction with the Canadian Labour Congress, have invited several British policy experts to Canada to deepen our analysis and understanding of these reforms. We have provided an opportunity for you to meet with them in briefing and question and answer sessions.

Queen's Park Briefing for Media, Ministry Staff and MPPs
British Reforms in Health, Education and the Civil Service: Implications for Ontario
Wednesday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Committee Room 2, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park

AGENDA

Education
10 am - Hannah Essex - Vice-President for Education National Union of Students.
10 minute presentation followed by questions and answers.
Many of the recommendations included in the Rae Report on Higher Education were modeled on reforms implemented in Britain. Hannah Essex will provide a brief overview of the consequences of British Higher Education Reform. The first steps in the transformation of elementary and post secondary schools and P3s affecting the education sector are based on British reform models and processes, facilitated by personnel who have transferred here from Blair's government. We will also provide information on these reforms.

The Civil Service, Access to Services & Social and Economic Equality -
10:45 am - Rachel McIlroy - public services specialist from the Trade Union Congress, Wilf Sullivan - race equality officer from the Trade Union Congress.
15 minute presentation followed by questions and answers.
The serious cuts to and reorganization of the public service and government departments followed a major restructuring in the British civil service. This briefing will deal with the reforms to the civil service and the effects of the reforms across all the public services on social and economic equality.

Health Care
11: 30 am - Colin Leys - professor emeritus from Queen's University now residing in Britain. Leys is the author of Market Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest and has collaborated on Allyson Pollock's seminal book on the privatization of the National Health Service.

10 minute presentation followed by questions and answers.
In health care the "split of purchaser and provider", P3s, creation of local health authorities and the adoption of payment for performance systems mimic British reforms and structures.

For more information: Jesse Greener, Ontario Chairperson Canadian Federation of Students: cell: 416-301-5747 or Pam Frache, Ontario Campaigns and Government Relations Coordinator,
CFS: 416-925-3825. Duncan MacDonald, Ontario Federation of Labour: 416-443-7668.
Natalie Mehra, Provincial Coordinator, Ontario Health Coalition: 416-441-2502.
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Contact Information

  • Jesse Greener, Ontario Chairperson Canadian Federation of Students
    Primary Phone: 416-301-5747