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Edmonton mayor Bill Smith is looking at going P3 to extend the LRT line to future residential areas because the province is more inclined to help pay for the project if it is built by the private sector.

It doesnt make things any cheaper, but it moves them up on the agenda, says Smith. Im going to take every advantage I have of the province in love with this P3.

Meanwhile, the Alberta government is steamrolling ahead with its P3 agenda. The Klein government is reportedly supporting a new P3 in Drayton Valley. The town has decided to build a shared complex for both Catholic and public school students with library and sports facilities. The province will pick up a portion of the costs of the privately-owned facility over the next 25 years.

In Calgary, three finalists out of 19 were short-listed to design and construct the new P3 headquarters for the Calgary Board of Education. A final decision could come as early as June.