CUPE Nova Scotia questions Partnership BC's track record and credibility on P3's

    HALIFAX, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Plans to use a B.C. government agency to
'advise' Nova Scotia with any future P3's is nothing more than a smokescreen
by the MacDonald government.
    That assessment comes today from CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny
Cavanagh who says, "Partnerships BC was basically set up by the right-wing
government of Gordon Campbell as a phony agency used to rationalize the use of
public-private partnerships in that province.
    "Partnerships BC's latest bit of trickery is to use so-called 'value for
money' reports to estimate and compare the costs of developing public
infrastructure through traditional public sector means versus P3s. CUPE
Research and other organizations have thoroughly discredited this method as
not being fair or accurate," says Cavanagh.
    "This is the same Campbell government that was just told by the B.C.
Supreme Court that ripping up the contracts of B.C. hospital workers six years
ago - so he could contract out literally thousands of decent-paying, unionized
jobs - violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms," says Cavanagh.
    "This is simply more smoke and mirrors from Rodney MacDonald who is
desperately trying to come up with something to increase his government's
popularity with the people of Nova Scotia. Well, taking a page from the
neo-liberal government of Gordon Campbell is not going to cut it," he says.
    Says Cavanagh, "A study conducted for the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives by Simon Fraser University Professor Marvin Shaffer showed that
B.C. taxpayers will have to pay an additional $220 million for the Sea-to-Sky
Highway P3, a project that was given the blessing of Partnerships BC."

    A copy of that study can be found at

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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