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CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador has issued cautionary congratulations to the city of St. John’s on the announcement by Premier Roger Grimes that both federal and provincial funding for the long-awaited harbour cleanup are now in place.

But the good news now that

St. John’s and environmental organizations have succeeded in getting money for the cleanup, comes with a warning.

“The citizens of St. John’s will be best served if the project remains in public hands,” says Wayne Lucas, President of CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador.

Lucas issued the warning about any possible P3, citing the example of Halifax where the city has just signed a 30-year contract with the French, multinational Suez.

“Halifax now has the dubious distinction of having the largest, privatized sewage treatment operation in Canada,” he says.