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Most candidates support a publicly owned and operated cleanup of Halifax harbour a CUPE survey of municipal candidates reveals.

Of the 27 respondents, 16 said they supported public ownership and operation of waste water treatment, including the two leading mayoralty candidates.

“The fact that Mayor Fitzgerald answered yes indicates he has done a complete flip flop on the harbour clean up,” says Danny Cavanagh, co-ordinator of CUPEs Water Watch campaign in Halifax. “Clearly the residents of the HRM are getting their message across that they want publicly-owned and operated sewage treatment systems.”

“The responses show there is strong support among sitting councillors for keeping our water services public,” says Cavanagh.

“If this is the case, why are senior staff forging ahead with their privatization plans?” he asked. “Clearly we need to elect a council that is able to give strong direction to staff that what the public wants is a cost-effective, environmentally safe, and publicly-accountable harbour cleanup.”

Municipal elections across Nova Scotia are slated for October 21.