CUPE calls for full public disclosure on Nova Scotia P3's

    HALIFAX, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - The MacDonald government is being urged to enact
legislation requiring full disclosure of the true costs of Public Private
Partnerships (P3's).
    In a letter sent to Premier Macdonald, CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny
Cavanagh says, "These disclosures should also be analyzed and fully publicized
before an agreement can be entered into by the province, a municipal
government or school boards."
    Says Cavanagh, "Having this information provided by Partnerships BC - a
pro-privatization agency set up by the Gordon Campbell government - is simply
not going to pass the sniff test with Nova Scotians."
    "And just to make sure there is due diligence on the part of the
provincial government, we've sent a copy of the letter to the Auditor-General,
who we know has been very busy lately looking into our government's botched
immigration program," says Cavanagh.
    Cavanagh says, "There is no shortage of analysis produced by CUPE and
other organizations detailing the risks related to P3's and how they work
against the public good. Similar analysis and warnings were recently made
public by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM report
concluded there is no evidence to suggest that P3's consistently cost less or
provide better services than traditional projects.
    "Public Private Partnerships give the responsibility for financing
projects to the private sector, even though traditional municipal financing is
simple, relatively easy, and less costly than private financing," explains
    Cavanagh points to a recent discussion paper written for the Government
of Canada's Policy Research Institute on P3's in municipal water services that
recommends the community should be involved in the procurement process from
the beginning and that the contracts, let alone the reports explaining the
contracts, should be made public before they are signed.
    Cavanagh says, "If the premier and his cabinet colleagues want some
recent examples of failed P3's, all they need to do is visit the website"

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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