Has anyone else noticed the very interesting comparison of the air ambulance services in Ontario vs. Alberta (and soon Saskatchewan)?
In Ontario, their air ambulance system, ORNGE, is owned and operated by an arm of the provincial government, largely from government funds. It spends an inordinate amount of money, and has been the subject of a financial scandal over the last year.
In Alberta, the air ambulance system, STARS, is owned and operated as a charity. It raises it’s money largely through donations and a lottery. It does not spend anywhere close to the amount of money ORNGE burns through – yet provides a service that Albertans are proud of and willing to fund out of their own pockets via the annual lottery.
This should tell you a story about why government should never be the first choice to operate something that could be done better by the private sector.