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The federal government has done the homework that the B.C. Liberals should have done before proposing a public private partnership for this ill-advised project, said acting CUPE BC president Mark Hancock. And the private RAV comes up far short.

The B.C. Liberals pushed to have the line designed, built, operated and maintained under a P3. But the report shows that the successful private contractor would be liable for only 10 per cent of the risk.

The federal government got it right and intelligent MPs, including prime-ministerial hopeful Paul Martin, should insist on avoiding any involvement in this questionable deal, Hancock said.

I wonder how people in Salmon Arm, Golden, Revelstoke or the Okanagan would feel if federal funding earmarked for the Kicking Horse Pass project ended up paying for the RAV? he asked.

CUPE has launched its e-mail campaign at www.cupe.ca to allow citizens across Canada to tell their MPs to stay clear of the deal before it becomes a costly sinkhole for taxpayers dollars.

Click here to send an e-mail.

Contact: Ron Verzuh, CUPE Communications, 604-828-7668.