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The city of Edmundston in New Brunswick needs a new police station and could use more community recreation space. Rather than build new public facilities, city council is looking to the private sector, ignoring the higher costs and the risk that making police tenants in a private venture could give rise to conflicts of interest. The city is looking at two options: a new P3 civic centre or leasing facilities from a private company that would rent space to the city and other community groups.

At a recent meeting, CUPE representative Rodolphe Martin told councillors he didnt think we should be renters in our own city and presented the mayor with a 35-page document outlining the dangers of P3s.