Nova Scotians will begin hearing radio ads this week from CUPE Nova Scotia, which take dead aim at the MacDonald government’s plans to go back down the road of P3s.
CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says, “We will be asking residents to remember what ‘P3’ really means in this province. It means P3 schools that saw taxpayers get taken to the cleaners, the Cobequid Pass Highway which has caused nothing but grief, the Joe Howe building which is a $30 million lemon and more.
Says Cavanagh, “With a new study out of B.C. just last week showing that P3’s have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars more, this provincial government cannot expect Nova Scotians to just sit back and take this.”
The B.C. report was done by Ron Parks, one of that province’s top forensic accountants, and calls into question the methods used by Partnerships B.C., the agency hired by the MacDonald government to ‘evaluate’ P3 projects here.
“Nova Scotians need to ask themselves if this current government is who we want trying to negotiate with huge corporations whose primary objective is to get as much money from taxpayers as they possibly can,” says Cavanagh.
“We’re asking people to go to our website, www.P3Facts.ca, and take two minutes out of their day to sign a petition urging the premier to stop this reckless waste of taxpayers’ dollars,” he says.