McGuinty gov’t putting rural school bus owners out of business?

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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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8 thoughts on “McGuinty gov’t putting rural school bus owners out of business?

  1. Two solutions, no local drivers of these out of business companies should take on a job of driving the new buses. No local people should drive them. Make them hire drivers from the city who will have to commute or move. Second, no parent’s should send their kids on those buses. Car polls, or a union tactic, go on strike and home school for a while.
    In our area farmers bought or rented a bus from the County, and ran that route till all the kids on their route were out of school. And how will they deliver on their plan that no kid will ride more than ten miles, or be on the bus for over an hour. Do they plan to build schools closer to those that live 20 miles away.
    Wait for the outrage when the first accident happens or some kid is left off at the wrong place, or forgotten on the bus or at school.
    Wonder if any of those drivers would do as our driver did, school was out early due to a water break, and we were not home. He waited till we got home at the regular time.
    He took all the kids home then brought ours back and waited.

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  2. I have fond memories of rural school bus drivers too Mary T. In fact, it is an incredible co-incidence but I took my first school bus in the late 1940s from a farm out on, what was then, old Highway 11, into the Town of Bracebridge and I have a feeling it was the same Hammond Transportation. Given I’m retired, that’s a long time to be in business. 😉

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  3. Never let it be said that mcguinty did anything with the best interests of the people in mind. the man should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. too bad the voters in ontario are so left wing and have their head so far up their ideology they can’t see what is happening to ontario.

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  4. Perhaps Hudak could talk about this issue rather than voice his opposition to issues like the raising of the price of beer in the province by the government.

    Or maybe, Hudak likes the idea of saving money too.

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  5. I was just on my e-mail Matt and noticed your comment. Reality is I have no idea what is important to Hudak and the PCs. Perhaps he really does think that people want to save money on booze??? IMO, higher beer prices, or sin taxes as they are called, are the least of our worries I would think.

    I fear I am like many Ontario PC supporters, disinterested at worst, lukewarm at best. In fact, as you may have noticed, my posts are now few and far between because I just can’t get motivated to argue one way or the other. And, given how important blogging (and indirectly Twitter since my posts go up) and social media are, if those of us who are supporters have no idea what the Ontario PCs stand for, how can ordinary Ontarians know?

    That said, I am going to go out on a limb and say a shocker. As an educator, retired or otherwise, it is long past time that the PC Party heal the rift with the teachers and their unions — because IMO, the animosity is not helping democracy in Ontario one bit!

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  6. Keep blogging Sandy as you are one of the few who is willing to look at the big picture rather than simply stay the ideological course.

    I remember commenting in the past that that the PC Party should have pursued peace with the various unions in the province. They knew that the unions would have issues with the Liberals during the next 4 years, so they could have worked on arrangements that would help bring fiscal stability to the province while preventing labour disruptions. I look in Toronto where one group of city workers have offered not to take a raise for 3 years, but the mayor has rejected it.

    Healing the rift with the teachers in particular would probably lessen the role of the labour union and increase the role of the professional federation among teachers. Proposing to bring principals back into the unions would also help bring peace and decrease the labour/management divisions that have developed in the last 15 years.

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