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Its no secret that Premier Ralph Klein wants to transform Alberta into a P3 province. Over the past month, Klein made headlines threatening to go it alone, introducing user fees and increasing privatization in defiance of the Canada Health Act. And proposals for P3 schools, highways and other facilities are in the works.

P3 hot spots can be found all over Alberta. In the David Thompson Health Region, new nursing homes in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake are already being built with private money. In Red Deer, the health authority is also eager to replace the Red Deer Nursing Home and the Valley Park Nursing Home through P3s.

Meanwhile, the Calgary Board of Education is moving ahead quickly to privatize its school district. At least 30 projects, valued at $350 million, are up for grabs by private developers. The initial plan is to build and replace schools in northeast Calgary with private money, but the list of P3 contracts is growing, putting communities across Calgary in jeopardy.

In the latest report on P3s presented to the board in February, eight models were identified. These models include selling the property to developers and then leasing it back, joint ventures, partnerships for operations and land exchanges.

CUPE members have been making presentations to the board and campaigning around the higher costs and increased secrecy associated with P3 projects. Despite the controversy, the board announced that four private developers have been short-listed from among 18 expressing interest. CUPE leaders are studying the full report and plan to mobilize members to fight the reckless plan to sell out these facilities.