The company contracted to clear highways in many parts of Ontario has been fined $900,000 for not properly salting and plowing the QEW last winter. Carillion Canada was hit with a $500,000 fine for failing to clear the QEW during a storm last November that resulted in dozens of accidents on the highway. The company was given another $400,000 fine for not doing a proper job of clearing the same stretch of the QEW during another storm last December. Ontario’s auditor general reported the government saved money on winter road maintenance over the last five years, but at a cost that included greater delays in clearing highways of snow or ice. Before the contract changed in 2009, Ontario’s most travelled highways were cleared about 2.1 hours after a storm, that increased to an average of 4.7 hours by 2013.
Is this the reason the private sector is more efficient?