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A public opinion survey being conducted by the City of Kamloops on the water issue is biased in favour of P3s, says Kamloops civic workers union.

CUPE Local 900, which had been invited to participate in the survey, commissioned a leading opinion research company to review the questionnaire. Ipsos-Reid found the poll was fundamentally flawed in favour of public-private partnerships.

Instead of using this survey to listen to Kamloops citizens, and to get a good understanding of peoples expectations and concerns in an objective way, the city is conducting a survey designed to give them the answers they want to hear, said local president Mel Hale.

Its unfortunate the city has spent taxpayers money on a survey that will provide no real information, said Hale. I hope members of council listen to the concerns that have been raised in the Ipsos-Reid review, and accept the findings of their survey with a big grain of salt.