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Participants at a lively town hall meeting November 18 were clear in their determination to stop the spread of privatization in health care, education and other vital public services.

“Privatization is right on our doorstep in Halifax, with private MRI clinics and the privatized harbour cleanup. These schemes are hazardous to the community’s health. Halifax residents don’t want any more costly and corrupt P3 schemes,” says National President Judy Darcy, who moderated the forum.

“Nova Scotians know all too well the problems with P3s and privatization. Just look at P3 schools. They milked taxpayers, and served corporate needs – not students and communities. And the hidden costs of the harbour cleanup will slowly surface in the years to come. We can’t let vital services like health care, education and water fall into corporate hands,” says Darcy.

“Communities feel the devastating impact of privatization most directly. They’re also an incredibly powerful force to resist and reverse privatization. Services are the glue that holds Halifax together, and make it a great city. Tonight, people pledged to take action to defend and rebuild the public services they count on. That’s the kind of movement our members are committed to building in every city and town across this country,” added Darcy.