(Halifax) – With today’s news that the provincial government has received a report on 10 possible P3 projects, CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says it’s time Nova Scotians got the facts about so-called public-private-partnerships.
Cavanagh says his union has serious concerns about the impartiality of Partnerships BC, the agency that the MacDonald government hired to ‘evaluate’ the projects.
Says Cavanagh, “We’re urging Nova Scotians to get informed and halt this needless waste of tax dollars. One of the ways they can do this is by visiting our new P3 website www.P3Facts.ca and signing our petition to Rodney MacDonald.
“They can find out a lot more about Partnerships BC and learn about the many failed P3 projects from across Atlantic Canada and other parts of the country. There are some real disasters out there,” he says.
“P3’s are essentially a gift to the private sector, a gift that has the potential to drain the province’s finances down the road, while the private companies continue to profit. In addition, ’partnering’ with the private sector compromises democratic accountability and transparency.
“There are no guarantees that the province will have a say in important future decisions, placing the residents of Nova Scotia at risk of being the victims of corporate shenanigans,” says Cavanagh.
Cavanagh says his union will be launching a public information campaign in September that’s designed to inform Nova Scotians about the many pitfalls of P3’s.
Danny Cavanagh John McCracken
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