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(St. John’s) – Today’s statement from Newfoundland and Labrador Tory Leader Danny Williams that his party is opposed to a public-private-partnership (P3) for long term care is welcome news to CUPE.

CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President Wayne Lucas says, “We understand there was quite a ruckus in the legislature today, when the Leader of the Opposition asked the premier to explain his position on a P3 nursing home for Corner Brook.

“For a traditionally pro-private sector party like the Tories to come out against P3s, this should make it clear to the people of this province that these schemes must be really bad,” says Lucas.

Says Lucas, “As a result of the questioning in the House, we also learned the premier is saying it’ll cost about $70 million to build the facility. Local people, however, are saying it should only cost about $55 million. That’s a discrepancy of $15 million that appears to be the amount of profit the private partner would make.

“That is outrageous and the people of Newfoundland and Labrador won’t stand for it,” says Lucas.

“P3s are a scam. We’ve told the premier that and we can prove it. Unfortunately, we can’t even get a meeting with him to discuss it despite trying for several months now. His strategy on P3s seems to be to stick his head in the sand,” adds Lucas.

For information:
Wayne Lucas,President, CUPE Newfoundland & Labrador
727-2509 (Cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)