Bilcon's 'NAFTA' lawsuit should sound alarm bells for MacDonald government's P3 plans

    HALIFAX, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says, "This
week's announcement that the MacDonald government could be facing a
$188-million lawsuit from the U.S. company that wanted to build a quarry on
Digby Neck should be sounding the alarm bells about plans to privatize public
    Danny Cavanagh says, "Those very same Chapter 11 provisions in NAFTA give
foreign companies, once they get their foot in the door here, sweeping powers
over what governments - whether they be federal, provincial, municipal or even
school boards - can and cannot do with public services in the future."
    Says Cavanagh, "Rodney MacDonald had better take some time to reflect on
his grand plans to rely on P3's for everything from roads, to schools to
hospitals. Under NAFTA. once delivery of those services is handed over to a
multinational, they are gone forever. We'll never get them back."
    "Just to be clear," explains Cavanagh, "the Chapter 11 section of the
trade deal which Bilcon is using to argue they were treated unfairly, states
that once a company gets a contract, no level of government can 'impede its
ability' to continue to make money."
    "If the MacDonald government starts back down this P3 road, he might as
well hand over the keys to any foreign companies that win contracts in Nova
Scotia. Whether it's our hospitals, our schools or anything else, he will be
trading away our province's sovereignty," 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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