Tory Throne Speech signals "wholesale sell-off of public services" - CUPE



    HALIFAX, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says, "The
MacDonald government's plans to start using P3's again should give Nova
Scotians the final reason they need to change governments as quickly as
possible."
    Cavanagh says, "This announcement from the throne speech tells us that
this government learned nothing from the P3 schools fiasco. Contrary to what
the name implies, these are not partnerships - only the private partners
benefit with windfall profits, while taxpayers get let holding the bag.
    "The fact that they're even considering P3 hospitals should scare the
heck out of people. Ontario just witnessed huge cost overruns on three P3
hospitals that it just completed," he says.
    "Ironically, HRM just this month celebrated the opening of a new sewage
treatment plant that was publicly finance and will be publicly operated, which
came in under budget and on time," says Cavanagh.
    "Rodney MacDonald is being sucked in again by Stephen Harper, this time
with his so-called 'Building Canada' infrastructure program which includes a
requirement to consider P3s for all projects with over a $50 million federal
contribution," he says.
    "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.




For further information:

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

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