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(Halifax) – Today’s budget from the Grimes government has a number of positive initiatives, but they are overshadowed by plans for a P3 nursing home.

CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador President Wayne Lucas says, “Our worst fears have been confirmed. This government is making a grave mistake by opening the door to P3s, or public-private-partnerships. Their plan to have the private sector own and operate a new nursing home in Corner Brook will mean taxpayers are going to get soaked again.”

Says Lucas, “Taxpayers do not want their hard-earned tax dollars going to line the pockets of a private company.”

Lucas says CUPE will be making P3s a major issue in the provincial election and wants to see the Grimes government back away from it completely.

In addition says Lucas, it looks as though the Warren Report on hours of work for school board workers is going to be phased in over four years, rather than right away as recommended by the task force.

Mr. Warren had recommended $9.6 million be spent immediately to address ongoing concerns with support staff in schools. The budget earmarks only $2.5 million for this year.

For information:
Wayne Lucas, President, CUPE Newfoundland & Labrador
753-0732 (o) - 727-2509 (Cell)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)