TRURO, NS – The president of CUPE Nova Scotia, Danny Cavanagh, is calling on Premier McNeil to immediately abandon any plans his government may have to do more P3s – so-called public-private partnerships.
Cavanagh says, “Now that we have a new Liberal government taking the reins in Ottawa that has committed to billions of dollars in infrastructure spending, Nova Scotia has a terrific opportunity to strengthen our public services and assets.
“Premier McNeil needs to call on Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau and all of the new Liberal MPs from our province to immediately begin the flow of dollars into Nova Scotia for badly-needed infrastructure,” says Cavanagh.
Cavanagh says our province no longer needs to look at things like private toll roads or even a P3 hospital – as some reports have suggested – because there is federal money available to build things in the traditional way.
“A new hospital in Halifax and twinning more highways in our province – especially the TransCanada – should be at the top of the federal and provincial Liberal governments’ to do list,” argues Cavanagh.