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Saturday, January 31, 2009 

Harper Government Needs To Provide List Of What Crown Assets Are Up For Sale

Canadian taxpayers need to know what Crown corporations and other public assets have been placed on the auction block by the Harper Conservatives.

With no details provided in the Budget materials, Jim Flaherty made reference to liquidation of crown assets that were in competition with private sector enterprise. Does that mean that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is up for sale?

We need to know. The Conservatives have a responsibility to tell the owners of Canada's Crown assets exactly what it is that they are proposing.

-Ottawa Sun

During the Mike Harris years, the Ontario government sold off the nursing homes and we never found out the amounts of the sales.

Tony Clement said disclosing such information would provide strategic information to private enterprise--or something like that.

Not announcing what's for sale, then selling to one's cronies and not divulging prices/costs for "strategic reasons" is the standard modus operandi.

All the more reason to get rid of the lot of them and start over with a fresh REAL government.

Flaherty will probably sell the CBC to Conrad black for a dollar....oh,and a competition fee.

It makes no sense to sell off assets when prices are most depressed.
Interesting that there has not been much said about this aspect of the budget. It is a repeat of what was in the original economic update. It has everything to do with Conservative ideology and nothing to do with fixing the economic mess.
Instead of giving a figure of what the treasury will gain from the sales there should be a calculation of what Canadians lose.
I hear that the highest bid for AECL has come from Iran so far ;)

Here here!

This kind of mystery, guessing-at-the-future accounting was the trademark of Enron.

I can't believe how little play this gets.

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