Salim Loxley

Salim Loxley is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and has pursued post-graduate studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and the London School of Economics. He has examined Canadian P3s for many years and is currently working as a consultant in London, England.

  • Public Service, Private Profits

    The Political Economy of Public-Private Partnerships in Canada

    By John Loxley and Salim Loxley     March 2010

    PPPs/P3s have become all the rage amongst every level of government in Canada in recent years. Proponents claim P3s reduce the costs of building and operating public projects and services,that projects and services are delivered more efficiently through the P3 model, so that in the end taxpayers are better off economically and as consumers of public goods. This book tests all of these claims, and more, finding them mostly empty, ideological assertions. Through an exhaustive series of case studies of P3s in Canada – from schools, bridges and water treatment plants to social services and hospital food – this book finds that most P3s are more costly to build and finance, provide poorer quality services and are less accessible than if they were built and operated by public servants. Moreover, many essential services are less accountable to citizens when private corporations are involved.