New Democrats pass motion to expand investigation into McKinsey contracts and reckless government outsourcing « Canada’s NDP

February 13, 2023 at 9:30 am  Federal, Politics

NDP Public Services and Procurement critic Gord Johns made the following statement in reaction to an NDP motion to expand the investigation of outsourcing government work successfully passing on Monday:

“For years we have seen an over-reliance on costly outsourcing, and this is bad for everyone. The more than $100 million given to McKinsey is just one of the most recent examples. I’m happy to see that Canadians are finally going to get some real answers and transparency on both the Liberal’s and Conservative government’s close relationship with these huge corporations. Canadians deserve to know that when their government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars, that it’s to get them the best services and programs possible – not to line the pockets of the ultra-wealthy.

With this NDP-led initiative, private for-profit companies who’ve received even more public money than McKinsey contracts will be looked into, this includes Deloitte, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Accenture, and Ernst & Young.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen that when Liberals are in power, they give giant contract to their insiders. And when the Conservatives are in power, their friends get giant contracts. Canada has one of the best public services in the world, so Canadians deserve to know why it is the Liberals and Conservatives would rather give money to rich companies instead of making sure people get the best services possible. Government outsourcing should be a last resort, not the first call the government takes to deliver services.

Canadians get better value when programs and services are delivered by members of the public service, not costly outside consultants. With today’s motion from the NDP, we are going to take the opportunity to keep getting to the bottom of this pattern of reckless outsourcing to expensive consultants, so that you know you’re getting the best programs possible.”

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