Feds $634 million for Nova Scotia infrastructure could be "wolf in sheep's clothing"



    HALIFAX, Nov. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says
today's announcement from the federal and provincial governments that
$634 million will be spent on infrastructure projects - including the twinning
of Highway 104 in Antigonish - could be a "wolf in sheep's clothing".
    Danny Cavanagh says, "Stephen Harper's so-called 'Building Canada'
infrastructure program includes a requirement to consider P3s for all projects
with over a $50 million federal contribution.
    "After the P3 schools debacle, Nova Scotians do not want another public
private partnership that is going to fleece taxpayers with inflated prices,
while lining the pockets of some big corporation," says Cavanagh.
    "The bottom line is, we need to know if this infrastructure work will be
publicly owned and financed," he says.
    Cavanagh cites a recent speech by Lawrence Cannon, Federal Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities where he said, "The Government of
Canada will also be discussing how...innovative funding solutions, such as
public-private partnerships, can be explored to fund projects."
    Says Cavanagh, "While the two governments describe it as historic and
unprecedented, this plan actually provides little increase in federal
infrastructure funding compared to what had been committed to before the
announcement.
    "This has more to do with Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay trying to
repair their damaged reputations for ripping up the Atlantic Accord than
anything," says Cavanagh.




For further information:

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

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