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The New Brunswick government is planning two new P3 schools, to be built in the shadow of a problematic P3 school in Moncton. The plan would see two existing French schools bulldozed and replaced with a new middle and high school. Education minister Dennis Furlong told the media the province will build the schools in the best possible way for taxpayers. He obviously doesn’t read his own provincial auditor’s reports, which show that Moncton’s Evergreen school cost nearly $900,000 more than a publicly financed and owned project. The 1998 report suggests the government overestimated some costs to make the P3 seem more attractive than it actually was.

The province’s school board workers, members of CUPE 1253, are planning to put pressure on the education minister to keep the schools public. To read more about the Evergreen school and other failed New Brunswick P3s, visit cupe.ca/arp2002, and follow links to the Moncton chapter.