Governments must stop serving themselves
and their friends

By Mario deSantis, February 13, 2000


public responsibility

The one billion dollar mismanagement uncovered at the federal Human Resources department
raises many questions regarding the public responsibility of our elected members as well as the
complicity of our bureaucracy.



mismanagement care

This mismanagement is not different from what has been happening in Saskatchewan in regard
to health care where it is my understanding that hundreds of millions of dollars have been used
to dig holes in the ground for the Y2K nightmare, the Saskatchewan Health Information Network,
Telehealth, and payroll.



general malaise

Mismanagement of this magnitude means that there is not one person or one party to blame,
rather it is evidence of a general malaise affecting our divided country, where the vested
economic interests of different groups are pursued against both our individual and collective



subordination of our governments

It is my contention, that this state of affairs has been caused in part by the advent of our global
economy and by the subsequent subordination of our governments to the corporate world. In
abdicating their traditional role to guide the economy, our provincial and federal governments
have alienated themselves from the public and cultivated the speculative business culture of
making money for themselves and their friends.



federal Human Resources

Going back to the one billion dollar mismanagement at the federal Human Resources department
we have found out that taxpayers money has been disbursed to corporations which suddenly
went bankrupt after receiving such money, that taxpayers money was voluntarily disbursed
to agencies before such agencies applied for any money, that taxpayers money was disbursed
without any accountability in regard to purposes and budgeting.



serve the public

As Saskatchewan health care is concerned, the $50 million overrun for the closure of the Plains
Health Centre in Regina is enough to identify the corrupted behaviour of Minister of Health Pat
Atkinson and her government. The moral of this story is to urge governments to reinvent
themselves and serve the public rather than continue to serve themselves and their friends.
---------------A list of few references:
  The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism, by David C. Korten, 1999, Kumarian Press | Berrett-Koehler,
  The questions of the HRDC scandal. How can we trust a government that is not responsible? By Marie-Josee Kravis, National Post, February 11, 2000
  Never enough money for SAHO, by Mario deSantis, March 30, 1999
  Companies vanish after receiving grants:PCs, The StarPhoenix, page A16, February 10, 2000, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  The closure of the Plains Health Centre: The $50 million overrun and the gimmick of saving money in health care, by Mario deSantis, December 19, 1999
  A governmental responsibility is to clean up our house first, by Mario deSantis, December 6, 1999