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P3 Alert - November 2004

Quebec P3 plans face major resistance

Nov 19, 2004 04:41 PM The Quebec government is pushing ahead with plans to “P3” every service and structure it can. More than 700 people met in Montreal this month at a CUPE organizing conference against P3s. They discussed the dangers of P3s – and developed an action plan to take them on.

P3 bankroller dogged by money laundering allegations

Nov 19, 2004 04:42 PM The New York branch of Dutch-based ABN Amro bank has stopped dealing with nearly 100 banks in Eastern Europe and the Carribean after the U.S. Federal Reserve alleged that ABN Amro was a conduit for “funds of questionable origin.”

British P3s mean higher taxes, service cuts

Nov 19, 2004 04:44 PM A major report commissioned by Britain’s chartered accountants warns that their country’s equivalent of P3s, known as private finance initiatives (PFI), will mean higher taxes or service cuts.

Canadian consortium pushes privatization – in Britain

Nov 19, 2004 04:46 PM Despite the breakdown of a major deal, a consortium that includes the Calgary Health Region is still in the running to provide privatized surgeries in Britain.

Manitoba business groups push health P3s

Nov 19, 2004 04:48 PM Manitoba business groups are pushing their government, a strong defender of public health care, to privatize.

Quotable quote

Nov 19, 2004 04:49 PM “This is going to knock the wind out of the Canadian market.”