All levels of government are currently focusing on a long-overdue refurbishment of Canada’s crumbling infrastructure.
Although it is likely that the vast majority of Canadians are supportive of this direction, most Canadians are not aware that federal, provincial and municipal governments have a bidding process that favours unionized companies and effectively shuts out otherwise perfectly capable, taxpaying businesses that are not unionized.
The net result of these policies is that public infrastructure projects end up costing taxpayers as much as 40% more than if open bidding processes were in place.
Yet, many capable taxpaying businesses are excluded from even bidding on these government projects financed with their tax dollars.
Considering the tens of billions of tax dollars that will be spent on government infrastructure in the coming years, these policies should be changed to save billions of tax dollars and establish a level playing field for all Canadians businesses.
Read: The big infrastructure ripoff by Working Canadians spokesperson, Catherine Swift, Special to Financial Post | January 15, 2016