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The president of Montreal’s public transit board is on the record saying that public private partnerships are not in the cards. Société de transport de Montréal president Claude Dauphin was responding to questions from CUPE and other union members at the public meeting.

It’s big news that effectively seals the fate of P3s in public transit in the Montreal region. “For months we’ve been campaigning with the public and decision-makers to show them they stand to gain nothing from P3s,” said CUPE 1983 president Claude Benoît.

Benoît, whose local represents bus drivers and metro operators, calls the announcement a victory for transit users and taxpayers. “We hope now that the other public transit authorities will follow the STM’s example and not be seduced by the illusions of P3s,” he added.