Say no to P3s and the privatization of public servicesNov 26, 2008 01:56 PM
Around 300 union activists from across the province rallied in front of the Legislative Assembly this afternoon to say NO to Public-Private Partnerships and the privatization of the public services in this province.
"In the wake of the financial crisis, it is clear that P3 projects make even less sense than before", said Daniel Légère, CUPE NB President.
"With P3 projects, the government is mortgaging our children's future, signing 25 year leases with foreign companies for schools, hospital and court houses paid with our taxes."
"P3 projects are riskier and more expensive than ever. Ten years ago, the New Brunswick Auditor General raised concerns about P3 schools. He found the government paid $900,000 extra for the Evergreen Park Elementary School in Moncton, a P3 school. Why are we going down that road again for our public infrastructures", asked Légère.
"We are also very concerned with the privatization of the public services such as replacing Human Services Councellors with private agencies. We believe this is a total lack of respect for those workers who are affected by the elimination of these positions and who have worked daily with the distressed families of this province. It is also a lack of respect for those families."
"The government is also going to add another burden to the working families and the less fortunate of this province, if the proposed tax reform is adopted. This Government was not elected with a mandate to erode public services", concluded Légère.
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President, CUPE NB