CUPE urges Nova Scotians to 'Get the Facts' on P3's



    HALIFAX, July 3 /CNW/ - With today's news that the provincial government
has received a report on 10 possible P3 projects, CUPE Nova Scotia President
Danny Cavanagh says it's time Nova Scotians got the facts about so-called
public-private-partnerships.
    Cavanagh says his union has serious concerns about the impartiality of
Partnerships BC, the agency that the MacDonald government hired to 'evaluate'
the projects.
    Says Cavanagh, "We're urging Nova Scotians to get informed and halt this
needless waste of tax dollars. One of the ways they can do this is by visiting
our new P3 website www.P3Facts.ca and signing our petition to
Rodney MacDonald.
    "They can find out a lot more about Partnerships BC and learn about the
many failed P3 projects from across Atlantic Canada and other parts of the
country. There are some real disasters out there," he says.
    "P3's are essentially a gift to the private sector, a gift that has the
potential to drain the province's finances down the road, while the private
companies continue to profit. In addition, 'partnering' with the private
sector compromises democratic accountability and transparency.
    "There are no guarantees that the province will have a say in important
future decisions, placing the residents of Nova Scotia at risk of being the
victims of corporate shenanigans," says Cavanagh.
    Cavanagh says his union will be launching a public information campaign
in September that's designed to inform Nova Scotians about the many pitfalls
of P3's.




For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President, CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822 (Cell); John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902)
455-4180 (o)

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