Former Ontario Premier Mike Harris says restricting access to information represents a monopoly and is a limiting factor on the economy.
Speaking at the AIA Automotive Conference for Executives today in Niagara Falls Ontario, Harris spoke of his vision for Canada in the future. His “A Canada Strong a Free” series, co-authored by Harris and political notable Preston Manning, is published through The Fraser Institute.
A staunch believer in the power of the private sector, Harris took aim at public sector monopolies such as the healthcare system and the education system; he doesn’t understand how those who pay for the system have no choice. He says that the private sector is not immune to this behaviour.
“Do private sector monopolies get in the way of choice? Unequivocally yes. Right to repair is a case of this. Automotive manufacturers are installing increasingly complex computer systems that require consumers to return to the dealer. This in effect creates a monopoly. When you eliminate choice for the consumer, you eliminate competition.
“Attack this problem from the consumer standpoint.”
He said that the right moves have been made, so far, and the right contacts and alliances in government are being struck.
Building competition, and a competitive system in all sectors, public and private, is important for the whole of Canada.
“If we are going to unlock our national potential, we have to attack these issues head on.”