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If it didnt hurt, and no cars would have to swerve to avoid you, and someone wanted to pay you $20 to do it, would you go play on the highway?

If the Canadian Centre for Public-Private Partnerships put that question on one of their opinion polls, you might well expect their news release to read: Canadians support highway hijinks.

The pro-privatization group released a poll this week that claimed Canadians support public-private partnerships. But the question the poll posed to get people to say yes was loaded with assumptions that arent true.

“Their key question is based on an unfounded premise, and reflects the fantasy of what P3s claim to deliver, said CUPE National President Paul Moist. Instead, the poll should have asked about the reality of P3s across the country: higher costs, secrecy and reduced accountability, lower-quality services and restricted access to them.

“People may respond well to the notion of a partnership, but they change their mind when they realize P3s are fundamentally imbalanced in favour of corporations - not communities,” Moist said.