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The Newfoundland and Labrador government isnt backing away from a P3 nursing home and CUPE members are prepared to make it an election issue. In last months provincial budget, the Newfoundland and Labrador government confirmed its plan to build a P3 nursing home in Corner Brook.

CUPE has been working to raise awareness about the dangers of P3s, including hosting a major conference last month. Even the provincial Tories, traditionally a pro-private sector party, oppose a privatized nursing home. But the Liberals continue with their plans.

The long-term care facility is being billed as a pilot P3 project, and a call for expressions of interest is expected in May. Its not clear whether private sector involvement in the facility will extend to operation.

CUPE has requested a meeting to present evidence about the higher costs and lower quality of P3s, but the premier has yet to find time in his schedule. He refused CUPEs invitation to attend the unions P3 conference last month.