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Two major hospitals planned for Montreal will no longer be P3s. Quebec treasury board president Monique Jérome-Forget made the surprising announcement in mid-May, as part of an update on the province’s P3 progress.

While two highways, a cultural center and parks are slated to go ahead as P3s the two hospitals – once flagship projects for the Charest government – are no longer on the list. The hospitals join P3 prisons on the list of public services the provincial Liberals have backed away from privatizing.

But it’s not entirely clear the future of the two hospitals is 100 per cent public. A spokesperson for the provincial health minister told the media a new project manager who will oversee the hospital development “could decide to include [P3] elements” in the projects.