Innovating portions of the public service can result in big savings, which can be put towards paying down debt or lowering taxes.

Four provinces have already made changes to their registry services, achieving good outcomes for tax payers, government revenue and public sector workers. Governments of different stripes introduce such beneficial changes. The NDP in Ontario modernized that province’s land registry in partnership with a private enterprise, and saved as much as 300 million dollars. Manitoba updated its land and personal property registries, while Saskatchewan contracted out land titles, personal property and corporate registries and created more jobs.

The lessons from these experiences are clear: partnering with a private sector provides consumers with more convenient, higher quality registry services at comparable prices while cutting costs for government.